Former Gunner Lee Dixon has backed Thomas Vermaelen to stay at the club next season, and urged him to learn from Steve Bould to improve his performances.
The Belgian found himself benched after an indifferent season and watched on as Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny formed a sold end of season partnership to help Arsenal in the top four.
But Dixon believes that even with a World Cup coming at next summer, Vermaelen would be better staying with the Gunners than seeking pastures new.
“I think he should stay and fight for his place,” he told Sky Sports News. “The fruits of Steve Bould’s work over the season we’re now starting to see.
“We were a lot more solid towards the end of the season and I think he can benefit from that. He’s a great defender but as a team defender he’s got things to learn and that’s where Steve’s knowledge will be utilised.”
Dixon also backed the signing of Gonzalo Higuain, saying the Argentine would prove a hit in London if Arsenal can finalise the long-rumoured deal.
“If it comes off from an Arsenal point of view, he’s quality through and through, he will score goals, there’s no doubt about that.
“He’ll get chances because Arsenal play his type of game, I feel, so I feel he’ll fit in really well.”
Madrid’s official appointment of Carlo Ancelotti may speed things up, and with Arsenal representatives reportedly in Spain to complete the deal, let’s hope something happens sooner rather than later.