Thomas Vermaelen has revealed the injury problems which have blighted his Arsenal career in the last 12 months were a factor in him signing a new long term deal at the club.
The Belgian missed most of last season with an Achilles problem, and has been out since August of this season having had surgery for a similar problem on his other ankle. And spending that much time out left him feeling he owed something to the club and the fans.
“I played my first year”, he told Arsenal Player. “I had a big injury last year, getting injured again, I want to give something back to the club, to the fans, to show my qualities. And that’s why I want to stay longer.
“I feel great at the moment. I am doing a lot of stuff on the pitch now. It’s been going really well and I think I can go into full training very soon – that will be good for me.”
Earmarked for a return later this month, Vermaelen believes that despite the poor start the season, The Gunners can turn things around. “Personally I have a big belief that this club will continue doing well. We’ve had a bad start in the league but if we fight hard we’ll get through this and in the coming years Arsenal will stay a big club, I think.
I think we just have to take it game by game, just work as hard as you can and get as many points as possible.”