The King Power Stadium

Next Game

Leicester v Arsenal

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Emirates Stadium

Last Game

Arsenal 1 - 0 Besiktas

Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 19:45

Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs Round

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

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Premier League: The stage set for Mario Balotelli to become a Liverpool star, says Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard insists the stage is set for Mario Balotelli to become a star at Liverpool.

Transfer news: Tottenham strike deal for Montpellier midfielder Benjamin Stambouli

Tottenham have agreed a fee with Montpellier for defensive midfielder Benjamin Stambouli, according to the French club.

Transfer news: Chelsea confirm agreement with AC Milan for two-year Fernando Torres loan

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will have a medical at AC Milan on Saturday ahead of an agreed two-year loan deal.

Mail Box

Surely A Spurs Fan Should Remember...

...what happened to the fourth Champions League place the last time an English team won the thing. Plus, who would want to pay £60 to watch the current England team?

Ginger Pirlo? Don't Make Me Laugh...

A Sunderland fan in the mailbox is surprised by Jack Colback's call up to the England squad. Plus, thoughts on Welbeck and Liverpool's Champions League draw...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property