Vermaelen: I wanted to give something back

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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.”

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SharGooner
SharGooner

Whats with the ad for Man Utd tickets, come onnnnnnnnnnn

Mads
Mads

Really great news on a cold, rainy tuesday!

Begeegs
Begeegs

If only RVP thought in the same light….

Master Bates
Master Bates

I don’t think Vermaelen is an injury prone , he played his first full season @ Arsenal and used to play full seasons at Ajax.

Vermaelen’s appearances

Ajax
2005–06 24
2006–07 23
2007–08 19
2008–09 31

Arsenal
2009–10 33
2010–11 5 -> picked that serious injury that sidelined for almost a season
2011-12 2 ->had a short term injury

One serious injury doesn’t always make you an injury prone , I think that’s in the DNA or something(whatever that Diaby has).Ramsey was shawcrossed but recovered well.

I expect a full season from the Verminator. COYG!!

ScotchEggsRule
ScotchEggsRule

Wasn’t Diaby “Dan Smithed” then by your Ramsey logic?

Masseur
Masseur

In that pic, The Verminator looks more like a Russian KGB spy!

TSOTIA
TSOTIA

Agree! Lol

Gunnerbattalion

Yes! Go get them Verminator! If only RvP would sign a new deal as well then we get Hazard in January and finish 3rd. Next season we win by 15 points and Man City gets relegated due to dodgy economics.

Scribblers
Scribblers

Errrr, …
Yeah, why not, that’d do it.

Hoosier
Hoosier

Great News. TV5 is pure class.

TSOTIA
TSOTIA

Lol. Hear RvP on twitter,’ Congrats to
@T_Vermaelen05 ! So its time now to
get rid of the Figaro and buy a
deeeeeecent car! Haha’ lol.
Now, over to you Mr Captain; time to change your ride too! Just sign that deal!!

heihaci
heihaci

let’s hope he can now stay relatively injury free!

AvenellRoad
AvenellRoad

Unfortunately, being injured for such a long time tv5 hasn’t been able to sweet-talk his compatriot hazard into joining us during the belgian team gatherings. Kompany has though.

Anton
Anton

Hopefully Van Perse will see sense and do the same

Jim Deen
Jim Deen

A class act all around. He’s destined to be a Gunner hero for years to come.

Professor Plum
Professor Plum

Go on The Verm

Yar She Blows
Yar She Blows

The world, and the football world in particular, would be much better off with more TV5’s around. We are quite lucky to call him a Gunner

Fan from a far
Fan from a far

does he have a song? if not. that needs to be sorted by the time he makes his return so the emirates can show their gratitude.

Yankee Doodle Cheeseburger Munching C**t
Yankee Doodle Cheeseburger Munching C**t

Tommy V turns my knees to jelly.

*swoon*

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Padwoir
Padwoir

Loyalty in football – picks oneself up of the floor. Very pleased he has signed, a great player and by all accounts a super postive influence around the squad. What is there not to like about this ? Smashing news.