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.