But Wenger believes the former Ajax man will stay put in north London and continue fighting for his spot in the Gunners side.
"It's tough to leave Vermaelen out because of his quality, his attitude and his influence at the club," said Wenger.
"It's a difficult decision to make because he is a top-class player. He certainly suffers but he handles it with great dignity and great professionalism.
"I'm not concerned that he might move in January because if he wants to do that he will come and see me, which he has not done."
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