Gunners stopper determined to stay at the Emirates.
Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has vowed to stay and fight for his place in the club’s back line after making a strong comeback against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, according to the Metro.
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The Belgian international has found himself largely relegated to the substitute’s bench this season as the good form displayed by Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, but recent injuries to Arsenal’s left back’s has given him the opportunity to re-establish himself in the starting line up.
Vermaelen acquitted himself against the difficult Arjen Robben, and the 28-year-old is looking to follow up his good performance against the defending European champions with another one against north London rivals Tottenham this weekend.
“It is not easy, but I try to stay positive,” he said.
“Firstly, I have been injured in the last couple of weeks, but when the boss needs me, I try to play well.
“I know anything can happen, so I am happy to play when he needs me.
“From my point of view, I hope it is as much as it can be. I work hard for the team and that is the only thing that I can do.”
Vermaelen also distanced himself away from talk of an exit from the Emirates at the end of the season, insisting that he will remain committed until the end of his current deal.
“There has been a lot of speculation, but I can’t talk about it because I don’t know what is going on,” he added.
“My focus is at Arsenal at the moment. There is still a lot to play for – I can’t do anything about rumours.”
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