Vermaelen Out of Barca Clash

Thomas Vermaelen will not play for Arsenal Reserves against West Ham tonight, which all but rules him out of next week’s Champions League showdown with Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

It had been hoped that Vermaelen would feature in the match to prove his fitness to make a return to the first team for the first time since 28th August last year.

This casts huge doubts over Vermaelen being fit for Barcelona as Arsene Wenger will surely not risk the Belgium International in a game of such magnitude.

Robin van Persie will continue to be assessed today on the knee injury he picked up on Sunday; the Dutchman is also a serious doubt for next Tuesday’s match but we will learn more later today.