Vermaelen is the defensive leader that Arsenal needed

The Verminator has been an essential part of the Arsenal backline since 2009. He had a great start, netting 8 goals for the gunners in his debut season in the premier league and tightening up the shaky Arsenal defence. This has led to Vermaelen gaining the respect from his fellow Arsenal and international colleagues. Vermaelen has earned the reputation of being one of the most solid centre half in the Premier league and was named skipper for Belgium at that time. It was also worthy to note that Vermaelen made the PFA team of the season in his first year at Arsenal.