Vermaelen has faith in Arsenal defence against Liverpool strikers

Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen is confident the Gunners backline can keep Liverpool front two Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge at bay when the sides meet in the Premier League on Saturday, Sky Sports has reported.

The Sturridge-Suarez combination has fired Liverpool towards the top of the table – but Arsenal are the side that lead the way despite the goals of the England international and his Uruguay teammate. Between them Sturridge and Suarez have scored 16 times this season, more than fourth-place Tottenham have managed in the league as a team.

Vermaelen is a former teammate of Suarez from their days together at Ajax and doesn’t feel the duo hold any unknown qualities, while admitting they are the Reds’ most dangerous players. “We know them from the past,” Vermaelen said. “We played a lot against Luis Suarez already, and of course I know him from my time in Ajax.

Sturridge we played against last season. We know them both, they are playing well and quite dangerous. But now we need to keep going like we did the last couple of weeks,” the Belgium international added.

Vermaelen is unlikely to be in the starting XI to face Liverpool however, having lost his centre-back place to the combination of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker. The 27-year-old has made only three appearances for his club this season, the last of which came in midweek as Arsenal were beaten at home by Chelsea in the Capital One Cup.

Despite the reverse against the Blues, Vermaelen believes Arsene Wenger’s side have what it takes to beat Brendan Rodgers’ visitors. “We are top of the league,” he pointed out. “We should have a lot of confidence to beat Liverpool.

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