Thomas Vermaelen says he's shocked and disappointed at Robin van Persie exit

Thomas Vermaelen seems nailed on to be the next Arsenal club captain but he's just as hurt by the departure of Robin van Persie as many fans are and spoke about his feeling to Belgian TV after last night's game between Belgian and Holland, which his side won 4-2.

Before the game an interesting image (above) was caught of the Belgian defender, Vincent Kompany and Robin van Persie. The Dutch striker seemed to be happy with something which didn't impress the Belgians and given what we've learnt since he was probably telling them about his impending move to Manchester United.

Vermaelen is quoted by NuSport as saying "This is a surprise for me. Really a shock, I am very disappointed. I would have liked him to stay at the club, he was very important for us.

"Ultimately it might be a good choice for him. It is what he wanted. I'm confident that we have enough qualities to cover."

The defender also told TV that he'd been trying to persuade Robin van Persie to stay at Arsenal for several weeks and he clearly thought he was getting somewhere if he's so shocked at the outcome. Arsenal supporters will hope that if Vermaelen gets the armband he doesn't fall under the captain's curse and leave the club.

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