Barcelona have announced that they have completed the signing of Thomas Vermaelen for a fee believed to be around £15 million. Information Nigeria understands.
Vermaelen, 28, joined Arsenal in 2008 and after the rancor departure of Robin van Persie, was appointed captain of the club.
A recurring Achilles problem limited his appearance the subsequent season. He returned to find Laurient Koscienly and Per Merteshacker at the heart of the Gunners defense and in that vein was rooted to the bench.
Vermaelen lifted the FA Cup trophy with the Gunners last season.