Emirates Stadium

Next Game

Arsenal v West Ham

Sunday, 09 August 2015, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Emirates Stadium

Last Game

Arsenal 1 - 0 Wolfsburg

Sunday, 26 July 2015, 16:20

Emirates Cup

Vermaelen to fight for place

Captain Thomas Vermaelen has vowed to give his all in order to win his place back in the Arsenal starting XI.

Last Updated: 30/03/13 at 14:12 Post Comment

Thomas Vermaelen: Dropped to bench for Arsenal's last two matches

Thomas Vermaelen: Dropped to bench for Arsenal's last two matches

The 27-year-old centre-back was dropped to the bench for the Gunners' last two games, when they won away at Bayern Munich in the Champions League and then Swansea in the Premier League, which kept alive hopes of breaking back into the top four.

Manager Arsene Wenger preferred the pairing of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in defence for the games in Germany and Wales.

Ahead of the visit of Reading to the Emirates Stadium, Vermaelen voiced his determination to win back his place in the side.

"I am fighting to win my place back, and nothing will change my mentality or the way I work - I will give everything every day, as I have throughout my career," Vermaelen said in his captain's column for Saturday's official Arsenal matchday magazine.

"It is just something that happens in football, especially when you play for a big club.

"I always want to play, of course, but the boss has big decisions to make and puts the team on the pitch that he thinks will win the game.

"It worked on both of those occasions, and each time I was delighted that we won."

Vermaelen added: "I have played many games in my career, and spending two on the bench does not mean the world is on fire.

"You can't be surprised by these things, the only thing to do is keep going and make sure you come back strongly."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t all started going downhill when they started putting a photo of the writer along side their story. Journalists started to think that 'they' are the story, rather than what they write. Smug, self obsessed & up their own arse's. That sums up the majority of newspaper sports reporters.

cozens
Do We Need So Much Football Media?

T

he reason so much sh*t is written about football is because there are so many people who want to read sh*t about football. Now shut up, take my money, and tell me Ronaldo is going to sign for Van Haal and that Mick McCarthy is signing Peter Crouch on loan.

hump3.
Do We Need So Much Football Media?

W

enger's delaying tactics in the transfer market creates goose pimples whenever a player is linked to Arsenal. The approach in buying players need to be changed@@#

mokaya
New striker 'on Wenger's list'

Footer 365

Chelsea's Jose Mourinho goads Arsene Wenger

Jose Mourinho has started mind games ahead of the new season by heaping praise on Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal.

Jose Mourinho says referees must protect Eden Hazard

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has demanded more protection for Eden Hazard from referees this season.

Louis Van Gaal vows to walk away in 2017

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is determined to win the Premier League in the next two seasons but will retire in 2017 regardless.

Mail Box

Only Arsenal Fans Care About Friendlies

We are not entirely surprised after Arsenal fans leapt to the defence of friendlies. We also have mails on Louis van Gaal, Liverpool and more mundane tales...

Friendlies: Still Completely Meaningless

There is sharp message for anyone thinking about getting excited about friendlies, plus worries about Wayne Rooney. Every one of you has met a bloody footballer...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company