Vermaelen enjoys Arsenal responsibility

Thomas Vermaelen has told Arsenal’s official website that he enjoys his position as the club’s vice-captain, admitting that the responsibility that comes with the position has boosted his confidence.

The centre-back, who was named understudy to skipper Robin van Persie last summer, said: “I am really happy to be vice-captain of such a big club like Arsenal. I feel the responsibility to help the captain in his role as well, and of course that means the club and the boss give you a lot of confidence.

Vermaelen added that a key part of his duties was to be open and honest with his teammates, noting that if a colleague could accept honest criticism it was a sign of a content and well-functioning dressing room.

Vermaelen joined Arsenal in 2009 from Netherland side Ajax and, after playing only five times during 2010-11 due to a string of injuries, recovered to feature in 40 games last season. In total Vermaelen has made 90 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 14 goals in the process and was named in the PFA Team of the Year at the end of his debut season in the Premier League in 2009-10.

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