On the back of Arsenal’s disappointing defeat at the hands of Manchester United at Old Trafford, club captain Thomas Vermaelen has insisted that the Gunners are still very optimistic about the future and that the loss to David Moyes’ team was only a minor setback to a very impressive start to the campaign. The Belgian international, who started his first Premier League game of the season in the absence of Per Mertesacker, acknowledged that Arsenal did not create enough chances to win the game but remained positive ahead of a potential title-challenge.
Speaking in an interview as reported by The Guardian, Vermaelen said: “Of course it was disappointing that we lost. We wanted to win the game and went to Old Trafford to do that. We were eight points ahead of United going into the match and had the chance to make it 11 points. But we’re still top of the league and need to keep the confidence we’ve had over the last couple of weeks. There’s no reason for that to change dramatically. We’re still confident we can win games and we have a long way to go.”
The Arsenal captain also went on to speak about his situation at the club, insisting that he is very happy to fight for his place in the starting eleven and assured the fans that he has no intentions of quitting the club. He said: “I can’t keep talking about my situation. I’ve done that with the national team and I keep on reading stories that say I want to leave. But that’s not the case. I’m still focused on the team at the moment and that’s what I want to do. I’m always positive. What I have said is that it is not about my situation but what the team does and I’m really happy that we’re top of the league.”
Personally, I cannot help but agree with Thomas. Much has been made by the media about the loss at Old Trafford, it was a disappointing result but surely not a derailing one. Despite the defeat, Arsenal are still top of the table and still very much the team to beat in this season’s Premier League. Like the skipper rightfully pointed out, confidence is still soaring high in the squad and you can be sure that Arsene Wenger’s side will bounce back quickly when the Saints come visiting.
Also, I loved what he had to say about his current situation. You can see that he’s 100% commited to the club and willing to fight for his place instead of opting for the easy way out and asking to leave. Despite not playing as much as he’d like to, he seems happy that the club are doing well. It really has been a while since Arsenal have had a truly competent captain and I certainly hope Thomas Vermaelen will serve for many, many years to come.