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Vermaelen admires champions

Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen insists the team will use Manchester United as the benchmark in their quest for success.

Last Updated: 28/04/13 at 15:15 Post Comment   

Thomas Vermaelen in action against former Arsenal favourite Robin van Persie

Thomas Vermaelen in action against former Arsenal favourite Robin van Persie

The Gunners entertain the newly-crowned Premier League champions on Sunday, with the hosts targeting another top-four finish this season.

And the Belgium international defender insists there will be no distractions after Arsenal form a guard of honour for the United players before the match.

Vermaelen said: "The first thing is always to look at yourself and how you are going to perform, so I don't see it as a big deal that they have already won the title.

"While we congratulate them, we cannot worry too much about that. Both teams are hugely competitive and will want to win the game, so we will need to be at our best."

Vermaelen also believes watching United cruise clear at the top of the table has reignited the desire within the Arsenal squad.

He added: "Everybody here wants to do what United have done - we are all ambitious and have a big desire to win titles.

"We want to be doing it every year, and the drive is within all of us."

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may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

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ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

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Wenger hails important win

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s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

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