Thomas Vermaelen: I’m fit and ready to fight for Arsenal spot

Thomas Vermaelen insists he is ready to fight to win back his first-team spot at Arsenal after pledging his future to the club

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Thomas Vermaelen played the full 90 minutes at Old Trafford Photo: Nike

Thomas Vermaelen insists he is ready to fight to win back his first-team spot at Arsenal after pledging his future to the club.

The Belgium international has been left on the sidelines this season as Arsene Wenger’s preferred centre-half partnership of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker impressed in Arsenal’s strong start to the campaign.

Vermaelen was drafted into the starting line-up and played the full 90 minutes in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Manchester United after Mertesacker was taken ill before the game.

And the 27-year-old insists he is fit and ready for action as Arsenal look to end their silverware drought.

“I have no injury, I just was a bit stiff after the game on Sunday so nothing is going on and I am fit to play,” said Vermaelen.

Asked about his future at Emirates Stadium, Vermaelen replied: “I don’t want to speak about the situation because if I do I make it worse, so I don’t want to speak.

“It is not about my situation, it is about the team and they are doing well, it is not about me.

He added: “Of course you want to play as much as you can, so I was really happy to play on Sunday.”

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