Thomas Vermaelen assesses Arsenal’s Premier League title prospects

Thomas Vermaelen says Arsenal have a big chance to win the Premier League title this season

Thomas Vermaelen says Arsenal have a big opportunity to win the Premier League title this season.

The Gunners are in second place in the table and two points behind leaders Leicester City thanks to their 2-1 win against the Foxes at the Emirates Stadium earlier this month.

Arsenal will host Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Tuesday night before Arsene Wenger’s side switch their focus back to the Premier League.

And Barcelona defender Vermaelen, who moved to the La Liga giants in 2014 from the north London side, lifted the lid on his emotions watching Arsenal beat Leicester.

“Now the title race is wide open, if they hadn’t won it would have been more difficult but now it’s on,” Vermaelen told The Telegraph.

“I always said at the start that Arsenal had a big chance to win it.”

Vermaelen has only made 18 appearances for the Catalan side since his move in 2014 after an injury-hit two seasons at Camp Nou.

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The Belgium defender scored 15 times in 150 games during a five-year stay at the Emirates Stadium after he swapped Ajax for Arsenal in 2009.

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