Gallas Heading For The Exit, But Van Persie Could Stay

With the arrival of Thomas Vermaelen at Arsenal reportedly “days away”, question marks hovering over the future of deposed club captain William Gallas have been firmly reiterated.

Although the outspoken Frenchman’s performances have seen an improvement since Arsene Wenger stripped him of the armband, the Gunners boss has opted to bolster his defence which could mean the end of the road for Gallas after an eventful spell in north London.

Following his sit down protest in the centre circle at St Andrews in February 2008, Gallas went on on to launch attacks at several team members - being particularly critical of Theo Walcott – and also revealed stories of dressing room unrest in which the English press were led to believe that Robin van Persie was at the centre of the disruptions within the side.

He was replaced by 21-year old Cesc Fabregas midway through the 08/09 campaign,

It’s thought that Gallas is highly unlikely to settle for a place on the bench with Kolo Toure a more likely candidate to partner any potential signing, and with interest from former club Marseille and Italian giants Juventus, Arsenal supporters could soon be bidding a not so fond farewell to a considerably ineffective ”cash plus player” settlement of the Ashley Cole deal.

Several names alongside Vermaelen have been mooted as potential transfer targets of Arsene Wenger, along with Giorgio Chiellini, Yaya Toure and Brede Hangelaand, but the Belgian- who can also be deployed as a holding midfielder – is the most likely arrival.

Meanwhile, Robin van Persie has gone on to praise the Gunners’ interest in the Ajax centre half, which could lead to a conclusion to his own personal contract saga.

“It’s a good thing,” Van Persie said. “There’s nothing wrong with the qualities of Vermaelen. He can play as a left-back or a central defender and we need this type of player. The guys that we now have on those positions are already somewhat older.

Van Persie has been stalling over a new deal and is believed to want hard evidence that the Arsenal board will commit to big signings in an attempt to add more weight to his sides push for honours.

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