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Thread: Vermaelen out for two months
09-06-2011, 02:03 PM #1
Vermaelen out for two months
Arsenal's injury woes in defence have continued, with Belgium international Thomas Vermaelen reportedly set to spend the next two months watching on from the sidelines after having surgery on his Achilles.
Vermaelen picked up an injury to his left Achilles in the Gunners' UEFA Champions League qualifier against Udinese, and did not play any part in the club's 8-2 capitulation at Old Trafford against Manchester United as a result.
The news will come as a blow to Arsene Wenger, who has recently lost Jack Wilshere for up to three months with an ankle problem, while fellow central defender Laurent Koscielny was taken from the field during Arsenal's home loss to Liverpool.
Greater responsibility, and pressure, will subsequently fall on Arsenal's new recruits in Vermaelen's absence, with the likes of Mikel Arteta, Yossi Benayoun, Andre Santos, Park Chu-Young and Per Mertesacker all making the move to the Emirates shortly before the close of the summer transfer window.
Arsenal will host Swansea on Saturday as they aim to get their Premier League campaign back on track.