Thomas Vermaelen backs Arsenal to end trophy drought next season

Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen is convinced Arsenal can end their seven-year trophy drought next season

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Thomas Vermaelen has made 29 appearances for Arsenal this term Photo: Paul Blank

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Thomas Vermaelen believes Arsenal’s recent resurgence has highlighted their potential to end their seven-year wait for silverware next season.

Arsene Wenger’s side bounced back from a 4-0 defeat by AC Milan at the San Siro and their premature FA Cup exit at the hands of Sunderland with three successive victories.

And Vermaelen is confident a full-strength Arsenal are good enough to compete for trophies next season, with long-term absentee Jack Wilshere not having featured at all this term.

“You can see that if we fight hard then we have a lot of qualities,” he said. “If we put the effort in then you can see what we are capable of. Milan are top of Serie A and we beat them 3-0 at home, so that is not bad.

“I believe in this team even though we are missing Jack Wilshere, who I believe is a world-class player, and Per Mertesacker – another great player.

“We have been missing a lot of players throughout the whole season through all sorts of injuries, so if we can keep the team fit you can see what we are capable of. I am really confident that we can do something in the following years.”

The Belgian defender urged his Arsenal team-mates to remain focused on winning the race for a fourth-place finish after Chelsea’s victory on Saturday, starting with a win against Newcastle United on Monday.

“It is hard to say what has changed,” he added.

“What is important is to not look too far forward, to just take it game by game. If we are going to finish third or fourth you just have to focus on the game ahead of you.

“The most important thing now is Newcastle and to try and win that game.

“We are together, we are in the dressing room every day and we talk to each other every day. We talk about situations, we talk about what we can do better of course. Otherwise we would not be professional.”

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