Vermaelen happy with Champions League win despite shaky Arsenal performance

Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen was pleased to emerge from Wednesday’s testing Champions League clash with Greek champions Olympiakos at the Emirates Stadium with a victory to put his side two points clear of Schalke at the top of Group B.

The Gunners were not at their best in the first-half but came out for the second-half firing and thanks to goals from Lukas Podolski and, in injury time, Welshman Aaron Ramsey, Arsene Wenger’s men were able to emerge unscathed.

However, according to the Daily Mirror, 26-year-old Vermaelen, who was at the heart of Arsenal’s frailties at times, admitted that the Gunners must improve on their first-half showing.

The second-half was better, in the first half we were sloppy sometimes with the passing, we lost a lot of balls,” Vermaelen said. “We started well, with a high tempo and that was great but then we dropped a little. I don’t think it was becuase of the weekend [the 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea], sometimes these things can happen. We did much better in the second-half.

Following that defeat to Chelsea, Arsenal travel to West Ham, managed by perennial nemesis Sam Allardyce for a London derby at Upton Park looking to get their league form back on track, with the Gunners currently sitting in eighth position with nine points from six games.

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