Thomas Vermaelen. It wasn't supposed to be like this.
The Arsenal defender was made skipper after Robin van Persie forced an exit last summer, and it was supposed to make his excellent form of last season even better and inspire a title challenge.
As it was, Arsenal were more or less out of the title race by October, and Vermaelen's form has come under scrutiny, recently dropped from the team for the away wins against Swansea and Bayern Munich.
So while on international duty he has been talking about his form, and any carry over which could affect Belgium.
He had this to say:
"For coach Marc Wilmots there is nothing to worry about, and for me either. It's nice that the coach has confidence in me."
Now you tell us, is this a thinly veiled dig at his Arsenal manager? Is he unhappy that Arsene Wenger does not have confidence in him?
Clearly the defender is a little humiliated about his recent omission from the Arsenal team, and has sought to downplay it.
"I would rather not have it (the bad form) I sat the last two games on the bench. But I feel good and come with 100 percent confidence to the national team. I'm not worried, finally I have played about 35 games this season."
Vermaelen is expected to start for his country against Macedonia, with Vincent Kompany alongside him and Bayern defender Daniel van Buyten on stand-by if the Manchester City man is not passed fit.
Now we might be picking up on something in his comments which is not there, or we have detected some discontent regarding Vermaelen and the fact Wenger no longer has confidence in him.
What do you think?
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