Zenit St Petersburg are chasing the signature of Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, according to the Daily Mail.

Thomas Vermaelen has gone from being one of the most important players in the squad to playing just eleven games this season. The Belgian international has found it extremely difficult to dislodge the formidable partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

Mertesacker and Koscielny have played a big part in the Gunners’ fantastic season so far, propelling them to the top of the table through sheer strength at the Arsenal rearguard. Vermaelen has found it difficult to reclaim his place, restricted mostly to cup appearances.

The Belgian is reportedly growing frustrated at a lack of playing time, particuarly with the World Cup looming. Vermaelen could lose his spot in the national side and he may make the move to Zenit in a bid to play more first-team football to boost his chances of starting for Belgium at the World Cup.

Zenit have the likes of Witsel and Lombaerts, which may tempt Vermaelen in joining his compatriots in Russia. Vermaelen has a tough task dislodging Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen, who are both vying to start the first game at the World Cup in Brazil.


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