While he’s unlikely to start tomorrow night’s game, former Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen says that a return to the club where he spent five years will be special for him.
The Belgian international has struggled with injury since his £15m move in the summer of 2014,
“It’s a special game for me,” he said. “It’s a match against a team that I spent five years of my life at and that I have great memories of. So it’s going to be special.
“I will go there and see a lot of ex-teammates and the others around the club. I haven’t been back there since because I haven’t had time. Hopefully I can see a few people there.”
Vermaelen also singled out Francis Coquelin as somebody who has added something to the team since his re-emergence.
“I’m impressed with Francis Coquelin,” he said. “I know him quite well, when I started he was already there, training with us. Even if he wasn’t playing in training I found him impressive, so I’m not surprised at all he’s doing well.
“He’s a key player for them, helps them keep their shape and gives Arsenal stability.”
After a nightmare first season, he’s made 17 appearances for the Catalans this campaign, and if he does play tomorrow night, let’s hope he’s left his shooting boots at home. They have enough goal threats as it is.