Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen staying positive despite second stalemate

Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen is refusing to be downbeat despite the Gunners' second straight goalless draw

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Thomas Vermaelen was named Arsenal's new captain after Robin van Persie's exit Photo: Nike

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Thomas Vermaelen is refusing to be downbeat despite Arsenal being held to their second consecutive goalless draw at Stoke on Sunday.

Arsène Wenger’s men played out another stalemate at the Britannia on Sunday after drawing with Sunderland in their Premier League opener a week earlier.

Gunners captain Vermaelen, however, is preferring to look for the positives after Sunday’s draw and is sure the north Londoners will soon find their range in front of goal.

“There is always pressure to win a game at Arsenal because we want to win every one,” Vermaelen told Arsenal’s website.

“But you have to look at the positives as well: our shape is really good and we haven’t conceded any goals in two games.

“That is not easy, especially at a place like Stoke, so we have to keep on working and in the end the results with come. I think the team will get stronger and stronger every game now.

“It is always difficult to go to Stoke but we fought again and have kept another clean sheet. That is good but normally our strengths are scoring goals. On Sunday we had enough chances to score a goal and in the end I think we deserved it. That is why the draw is a little bit disappointing.”

New signing Santi Cazorla has impressed since making his Premier League debut against Sunderland, with fellow new arrivals Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud also afforded their first taste of the English top flight.

And Vermaelen is convinced it will not be long until the new recruits find their feet in the Premier League.

“The new signings are working hard but coming to England is not easy and you have to adapt,” he said. “That is especially true when your second game is away at Stoke.

“But I am really pleased with them, they are three good signings and they are working hard to get fitter and stronger.”


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