Vermaelen pleased to ease goal scoring pressure on van Persie

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has admitted he is pleased to get on the score sheet after striking to defeat Everton, adding that it takes some of the burden off the shoulders of captain Robin van Persie, the Belgian international has told Sky Sports.

Vermaelen said: “I think it’s good for the team that other players score as well. It doesn’t matter who scores, of course. I’m happy for myself to have scored the winner twice.” Vermaelen, who also netted a vital goal against Newcastle United, went on to reveal the side’s attitude is what has impressed him most of all in recent weeks.

Arsenal have now record victories in six consecutive Premier League matches, going from 10 points behind Tottenham Hotspur to leading their North London rivals by a point in the race to finish third and qualify directly for the Champions League group stages. The side that finishes fourth will be consigned to a play-off to reach the next phase, while the fifth-place team, currently Chelsea, will miss out on the Champions League altogether.

Wednesday proved to be a good night for Arsenal as Vermaelen’s goal saw off Everton while Chelsea lost to Manchester City and Tottenham could only draw at home with Stoke City, allowing the Gunners to steal a march on their capital rivals.

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