Vermaelen: it’s a mental thing

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Arsenal fans will have been happy to see Thomas Vermaelen return to competitive action last night in the 2-1 win over Bolton.

The steely-eyed Belgian hadn’t played since the 24th of August, when the Gunners beat Udinese 2-1, but Vermaelen says that being out injured for a long period is no excuse for taking time to find your feet again.

“Personally I don’t believe in that”, he told Arsenal Player. “If I have an injury for a long time I don’t believe in coming back and getting rhythm. I think it’s just in your head, it’s just a mental thing. If you’re a footballer player, if you’re a pro, you have be there straight away, and that’s why I wanted to play today”.

Vermaelen left the field with a few minutes to go which led to some speculation he was injured again, but he played down fears, revealing it was merely cramp. And after the game he was buoyed by his return and Arsenal’s win over the Trotters.

“I feel great. I trained yesterday for the first time with team and felt good straight away so I was confident for today. It was a good game for us, we fought hard, it was a great result, and a deserved result”.

Vermaelen will be in the squad for Saturday’s crunch Premier League game against Chelsea whose captain isn’t racist at all.

See the full Vermaelen interview on Arsenal Player.

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Mooro

He’s a double hard bastard, that boy. No question.

Nickgooner

“Vermaelen will be in the squad for Saturday’s crunch Premier League game against Chelsea whose captain isn’t racist at all.”

That made me laugh a bit to loudly at work! Whoops!

Padwoir

Grit, passion, a sense of responsibility to the team and club, steely eyes a rapier shot and a no nonense attitude.., in my next life I want to come back as a Thomas Vermaelen.

sJ

At first glance it looks as though he’s about to head a ball made of steel as well

kaa wazuri

Neither he is sleeping with his team mates wives, is he???

Dave Gooner

The world is a much much better place with Thomas Vermaelen back playing.

If John Terry used my toilet, I would burn my house down in an attempt at disease containment. Skank.

LORD_MACHO

That’s a bit too strong dave, don’t you think so? Anyway, I see your point.

the invincible arse

How is the chance he might have used the toilet facility at the Gove?

Merlin's Panini

uuuuuuuuurrurrrgh! *shudders*

Nephh22

Euro sport is reporting him as injured anyone know If this is true??

Merlin's Panini

calf strain. sort of. he came off as a precaution as it was feeling tight.

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LORD_MACHO

Used to think he would’ve been a better choice for captain than Robin. But with the latter’s performances recently I’m no longer sure. However, that Verminator is a great leader is obviously very clear, even a blind man can see that – and he’s been busy proving that lately by 1.) committing his future to us, and 2.) putting in a great performance last night for someone who have away for a such a long time.

LORD_MACHO

Used to think he would’ve been a better choice for captain than Robin. But with the latter’s performances recently I’m no longer sure. However, that Verminator is a great leader is obviously very clear, even a blind man can see that – and he’s been busy proving that lately by 1.) committing his future to us, and
2.) putting in a great performance last night for someone who have away for a such a long time.

RDB

He has a great attitude, hopefully he can stay fit now as he adds a lot to the team.
We are still a couple of players and a few yards of confidence short but things are far brighter recently than a month ago. TV back is a boost. A result against Chelsea will help even more

Sabrina

Tommy V has MENTAL STRENGTH and every other kind of strength. Glad he’s back in action for the team. I’d like to see our back line include our three best CB’s against Chels to avoid this problem of having to choose which one to leave out.

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Stone cold killer

Pepe

I heard TV5 and Chuck Norris had a disagreement……..

Chuck backed down

Steven Baptiste

That made me chuckle

TSOTIA

Blogs,it’s obvious the first sentence needs some straightening. It’s as coordinated as man u’s defence against city.

TSOTIA

Blogs,it’s obvious that the first sentence needs some straightening. It’s as coordinated as man u’s defence against city.

Goonerbob

Padwoir, I would want to come back as Dennis. All day long I would be scoring goals from the edge of the penalty box curling the ball in around the goal keepers just for fun. I bet Seaman must have hated training against him yet alone all the other keepers in the Premiership that had to face that majestic boot.

TomC

Nun Chuks Aneke, TV and Chuck Norris – we’re the fucking ninjas mark my word. Just give Arshavin some of those death tipped death star death things to fling at non-xenophobic Terry and we’re away

Frog

Can we make diaby available to play for the first ten minutes just to give him another chance to kick that twat Terry squat in the mug AGAIN?

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pat

Tommy V is the new Tony A….so good to have TV back in the team. Along with little jack he is the most important team member that has been missing.