Thomas Vermaelen may be club captain, but that hasn’t stopped him being dropped by Arsene Wenger in the last couple of games following a recent run of poor form.
While some players obviously thrive on the responsibility of being the main man, possessing the armband can’t be easy if you know you’re not delivering the goods yourself.
Talking to Arsenal Magazine about the honour of following in the footsteps of Tony Adams, Pat Rice and Frank McLintock (we won’t mention the recent ones) Vermaelen stressed that despite his dip in form he always tries to lead by example the moment he crosses the white line.
“A captain should always give 100 per cent for his club on the pitch, that’s the first thing,” said the defender.
“He needs to give a good example and be disciplined. But everyone does the role differently – some people talk a lot in the dressing room, some don’t, some talk to individual players and perhaps try to help the youngsters.
“I just try to do as well as I can, setting a good example on the pitch and off it.”
Hailing the influence of experienced duo Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta, Vermaelen also made clear that the strength of the Arsenal collective was something he was lucky to call upon.
“I try to be disciplined, to live by the rules, and to make sure the whole team is doing the same.
“There are a few of us who work together on that, though – Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker as well, they’re really good and help me a lot.
“We’re like a small team, making sure everyone is doing the right things and trying to assist them when they need it.”
There weren’t many who thought Wenger would have the balls to drop Vermaelen having made him captain; that he has will be a bitter pill for the defender, but the reason he’s been made captain is the boss believes he’s mature enough to deal with both the highs and lows with life at the top of the game.
The Belgian hasn’t turned into a bad player overnight and Arseblog News has no doubts he’ll soon start delivering the goods that earned him so much praise last term.