The 26-year-old has become the first choice centreback in recent seasons despite some injury ravaged seasons, and due to the Gunners defensive crisis which has seen them loose all four of their natural left/right backs to injury, Vermaelen has slotted in excellently out wide.
Vermaelen told the People:
I am fed up playing at left-back. I don’t think I am good there – I want to achieve my highest level and I can’t do that on the left.
I play there to help the team but it gives me no satisfaction as I can’t reach my best standard.
I do my job but seldom feel content after matches. If the team wins I am happy, but it remains frustrating.
The Belgian international also spoke out on his feelings after losing his countries captain’s armband to Premier League rival Vincent Kompany:
I’m not happy about it. I was proud to wear the armband.
Although ‘the Verminator’ may not enjoy playing leftback, his experience and physicality was much needed out wide in the wake of the mass injury list, and now with the return of Keiran Gibbs and the injury to Mertesacker, the Belgian international will be able to play his favoured central defensive position and form a solid partnership with Koscielny.
It was a shame that he lost the armband after his long absence from his international side due to injuries, he is an instrumental leader for Arsenal and will be next in line to take over as club captain. I can not wait to see a backline once again of Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen and Gibbs.
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