Thomas Vermaelen wants his Arsenal team to ‘send out a statement’ during today today’s game with Chelsea at the Emirates.
The skipper, who missed last Sunday’s draw with Man City, will come back into the side and admits that given the way the team are playing anything less than three points would be ‘disappointing’.
Speaking in today’s official matchday programme, Vermaelen said, “A win today would send out a statement that we’re in very good form.
“We’re a home and this means that any other result would be a little disappointing. We’ll be going for the three points today, aiming to make sure that only one of these two teams remains unbeaten.”
The captain isn’t blind to the quality of the opposition though and spoke about the threat of his international teammate, Eden Hazard who will certainly occupy Carl Jenkinson down the right hand side.
“People talked about him a lot when he played for Lille,” said Vermaelen, “and understandably so because he’s one of the most talented players in Europe.
“At Chelsea he has already shown what exceptional quality he has. He can do a lot with the ball and has the ability to decide a game on his own, so we’ll have to keep a close eye on him.”
But Vermaelen is confident this Arsenal has what it takes to do the business today.
“It will be a tough game but we’re full of confidence after a really good performance against Man City and can’t wait to get going against another unbeaten side. ”
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