Thomas Vermaelen has reiterated that he is happy at Arsenal despite spending much of the final third of the season on the bench.
Speculation has been rife since the end of the season that the Belgian international could quit the Emirates this summer with reports claiming interest from Barcelona, Juventus and even Manchester United.
Giving short shrift to the notion of moving to pastures new, the 27-year-old made clear that he accepts competition is part and parcel of top-level football.
“I am happy at Arsenal,” Vermaelen is quoted as saying by Ad.nl.
“I didn’t play much and that did result in frustration, but things can turn around quickly.
“I was on the substitute bench, but I could as quickly be playing again. I’m working hard to make that happen.”
Playing down suggestions of a move, he continued:
“These are things that happen in professional football. Arsenal is a great club where there is a lot of competition.”
The captain’s latest words echo those written in his pre-Wigan programme notes where he underlined that he had learned a great deal from his spell on the sidelines and is determined to return stronger.
As such there’s nothing new, but like with Arsene having to continually swat away links with PSG, it appears the media will continue to ask the same questions in the hope of drawing a quote which better fits with their tittle-tattle.