The Daily Mail says Vermaelen might have played his final match for Arsenal after being ruled out against Norwich with a knee injury.
The central defender sustained a cut knee in training on Saturday and has failed to make the squad.
It is unclear whether the problem will rule Vermaelen out of next week's FA Cup final against Hull.
The lack of games has been a major source of frustration for Vermaelen and he will hold talks with manager Arsene Wenger before the World Cup.
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