Arsenal captain disappointed to lose his place at Emirates Stadium, but philosophical about the future.
Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen has revealed his frustration at losing his place in the starting line-up, but says he is committed to the north London club.
The Belgium international lost his place to Laurent Koscielny in March for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League last sixteen clash against Bayern Munich, and was not able to win his place for the remainder of the season.
Indeed, according to WhoScored.com, the centre back made more errors leading to goals than any other outfield player in the Premier League throughout the season, with the most galling for Arsenal fans being his disastrous ‘assist’ for former Gunner Robin Van Persie to score for Manchester United.
He could have few complaints about losing his place when it finally happened, and there was also little reason to bring him back into the starting XI.
After dropping their captain, Arsenal went unbeaten for the remainder of the season in title winning form, and the Belgian was philosophical about the situation when asked by Belgian publication Sporza.
“I am happy at Arsenal,” says Vermaelen.
“I did not play much and it did result in frustration, but things can turn quickly.
I quickly ended up on the bench, but I can also quickly become an important part of the team again. I am working hard to do that.”
Vermaelen did state however, that despite recent transfer rumours, he is not looking for another club.
“These are things that happen in professional football. Arsenal is a great club where there is a lot of competition,” concluded the Gunners skipper.