Ray Parlour expects Arsenal to let Thomas Vermaelen join Manchester United

Arsenal's Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen is seen during training for the forthcoming UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match against Bayern Munich at Arsenal's training ground, London Colney, North London, England on February 18, 2013
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Ray Parlour believes that Arsenal will not block Thomas Vermaelen's move to Manchester United should the defender choose to move to Old Trafford.

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes that the club will not stand in the way of Thomas Vermaelen if the defender decides to join Manchester United.

The North-West outfit are said to have switched their attention to the 28-year-old, who dropped down the pecking order under manager Arsene Wenger last season.

On Monday, reports claimed that the Arsenal club captain has agreed in principle a deal with United worth around £100,000 per week.

"If he wants to play football, and an offer comes in from a club like Manchester United, then it's hard for the club to say, 'no, you can't go there, we want to sell you to a club in Italy or Spain'," Parlour told talkSPORT.

"He was doing the captain's notes last year in the Arsenal programme but not getting in the team. I can't see that changing anytime soon. He wants to play first team football."

Vermaelen has one year remaining on his contract at the Emirates.

Tom Cleverley of Manchester United looks on during the FA Community Shield match between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic at Wembley Stadium on August 11, 2013
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