Vermaelen vows to fight to win Arsenal spot back

Arsenal capitain Thomas Vermaelen has vowed to fight to win back his place in the Gunners’ starting line-up, reports The Mirror.

The 27-year-old former Ajax defender has had an indifferent season, and recent form has seen him dropped for the team for the club’s last two games. Both matches resulted in wins, against Bayern Munich and Swansea respectively.

Arsene Wenger has paired Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in those two games, and will now decide whether to stick with this partnership or recall the Belgian international.

Speaking to the Gunners’ match-day magazine ahead of the visit of Reading, Vermaelen said: “I am fighting to win my place back, and nothing will change my mentality or the way I work – I will give everything every day, as I have throughout my career.

“It is just something that happens in football, especially when you play for a big club.

“I always want to play, of course, but the boss has big decisions to make and puts the team on the pitch that he thinks will win the game. It worked on both of those occasions, and each time I was delighted that we won.”

Vermaelen, who moved to the Emirates in 2009 from Ajax for approximately €12m, continued by stating that missing two games should not be a reason for him to panic; “I have played many games in my career, and spending two on the bench does not mean the world is on fire. You can’t be surprised by these things, the only thing to do is keep going and make sure you come back strongly.”

The Gunners currently sit four points behind fourth placed Tottenham, but have a game in hand over their North London rivals.

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