Arsenal transfers: Thomas Vermaelen wants to stay despite ‘frustration’

Arsenal transfers Thomas Vermaelen insists he is happy at The Emirates and is determined to fight to win back his place

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Thomas Vermaelen was named Arsenal's new captain after Robin van Persie's exit Photo: Nike

Thomas Vermaelen insists he is happy at Arsenal and is determined to fight to win back his place in Arsene Wenger’s first-team.

The Belgium international fell out of favour towards the end of the season as Wenger preferred a partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny in the heart of the Gunners’ defence.

But the 27-year-old defender, who made 25 league starts for the north Londoners last term, is keen to stay at Emirates Stadium despite admitting his frustration at being left on the sidelines.

“I am happy at Arsenal,” Vermaelen, who was named Arsenal captain last summer, told AD.

“I did not play much [last season] and that did result in frustration, but things can turn quickly.

“These things happen in professional football. Arsenal is a great club where there is a lot of competition.”

Vermaelen has made 129 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 15 goals, since moving to north London from Ajax back in 2009.

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