Thomas Vermaelen predicts where Arsenal will finish this season

Thomas Vermaelen backs Arsenal to end their long wait for the Premier League title this season

Thomas Vermaelen is backing Arsenal to end their long wait for the Premier League title this season.

The Gunners have not lifted the top-flight trophy since they famously went unbeaten in the 2003-04 campaign but head into Sunday’s clash with Aston Villa knowing that a win would move them to the top of the table ahead of Leicester’s game against Chelsea on Monday night.

They’re definitely up there and I can see them winning it

Thomas Vermaelen

The north London side have been hit by a number of injuries in recent weeks, with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere currently sidelined.

And although former Arsenal captain Vermaelen admits that the injury setbacks could hamper the Gunners’ chances in the title race, the Belgium international is hoping his former employers can lift the trophy in May.

Vermaelen is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror: “I’ve been watching them and they look very strong. They are missing some important players but if you play so many games that can happen.

“It’s difficult to predict in England who is going to be the champions but if you look at the results Arsenal are always up there and I hope the injured players come back.

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“I hope they can do it. I think it’s important to stay injury free but if the players are available they’re definitely up there and I can see them winning it.”

Arsenal secured their qualification for the knockout phase of the Champions League with an emphatic 3-0 win over Olympiacos in Athens on Wednesday night.

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