Premier League - Paper Round: Vermaelen considers Arsenal exit

Thomas Vermaelen is set to consider his future at Arsenal; Robert Lewandowski is the only threat to England's progress to Brazil; and Lazio want Christian Benteke - here are the stories making headlines in today's newspapers.

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Arsenal's Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen in training (AFP)

Vermaelen weighs up Arsenal future: Thomas Vermaelen has admitted for the first time that he would consider leaving Arsenal in January, reports The Times. The Belgian has lost his place in Arsene Wenger's first XI and will look at his options in the New Year if his situation has not improved by then.

Paper Round's view: As with many other players at the moment, Vermaelen is thinking of his place in a World Cup squad. He may be captain of his country, but odds on he won't go to Brazil if he's done nothing but warm a bench at club level all season. It's imperative for him to get playing time, and if Wenger isn't prepared to give him that, he has to go.

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Poland are a one-man team: But of course, it's all about England on the back pages today, and an in-depth scouting report conducted by the Daily Mail has revealed Poland's major weakness: they are a one-man team. That man is Robert Lewandowski, the striker who the paper says England must stop if they are to reach the World Cup finals in Brazil after tonight's must-win clash at Wembley. "Make no bones about it, he is Poland’s Plan A, B and C all rolled into one," the report claims. Other topics the scouting mission raised are filed under the sub-headings Hidden Dangers, Central Battle, Beware of Long Throws and Defensive Weakness.

Paper Round's view: Surely it didn't need the paper to send one of their employees "behind enemy lines" to draw the conclusion that the Borussia Dortmund striker is a handy bit of work? Nevertheless, they're right - Lewandowski is likely to give Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka a tough test, and England must cut off his supply lines if they are to nullify his threat. Unfortunately for Roy Hodgson the report, under the heading Hidden Dangers, also identifies wide man Jakub Blaszczykowski as one of Poland's dangermen. Which is somewhat confusing, because we thought they were a one-man team...

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Lazio interested in Benteke: Rome-based club Lazio are the latest to show an interest in Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, according to the Daily Mail. Juventus are also reported to be keen on the Belgium international, with their summer signing Fernando Llorente "unsettled" in Turin. Villa, though, would demand around £30m if they agreed to let Benteke go.

Paper Round's view: It's a good job for Lazio and Juve that Benteke didn't put pen to paper on a new four-year deal worth around £2m every 12 months just a matter of weeks ago. What? The ink's still drying? Contracts, eh? Entirely meaningless these days.

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Remy could seal permanent deal: Loic Remy, Newcastle's on-loan QPR striker, will be handed the chance to sign a permanent deal at St James' Park in January, the Daily Mirror reports. The paper claims that the Magpies have agreed a £6 million fee agreed with the London club for Remy, on top of the £2m they are already paying for his loan spell. Newcastle are keen to move quickly in a bid to ward off other interested parties, as they look to bring in another striker as well once the transfer window re-opens.

Paper Round's view: Remy has done well to prove himself in the Premier League and may now have set his targets a little higher. As the paper points out, he has cleverly kept his options open over his next move, and five goals in his last three appearances may not necessarily prove of benefit to Newcastle in the long run if he has now attracted other, better offers.

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De Bruyne not worried about Chelsea future: Kevin De Bruyne is refusing to hit the panic button despite falling out of favour with Blues boss Jose Mourinho, the Daily Mail reports. The forward, whose peripheral role for the Stamford Bridge club has set tongues wagging, opened up to a Belgian newspaper, with the Mail relaying quotes such as: "I really don't worry. You make it more of a problem than I do", "Mourinho is the boss, he chooses who plays. We do not talk about it really", and "He tells me when I do something bad, but frankly I haven't heard such negative comments".

Paper Round's view: Clearly the Belgium camp is where rumour-hungry hacks want to be this week. After Vermaelen and Benteke comes De Bruyne, although his comments aren't exactly concerning for those wanting to see him stay. That's not to say he won't leave in January though. This is a Premier League footballer we're talking about...

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