Arsenal FC skipper Thomas Vermaelen has accepted that he deserved to be dropped from the line-up owing to the mistakes he has made this season.
The 27-year-old has been far from his best this season and it seems like the pressure of captaincy has affected his performance on the field. The Belgium international was handed over the arm-band after Robin van Persie left the club at the start of this season, but reports suggest that Wenger is already looking to replace him as the skipper of the side by handing over the responsibility to Jack Wilshere next season.
Vermaelen was dropped from the starting line-up in Arsenal’s last two gamex – against Bayern Munich and Swansea – with Koscielny partnering Mertesacker in the center of defence. More worryingly for Vermaelen, the fact that Arsenal have managed to keep two clean sheets in these two matches indicates that he will find it hard to get back into the starting eleven any time soon.
The former Ajax man is however determined to win back his spot in the team and has vowed to come back stronger. Vermaelen, in an interview, has accepted that he deserved to be dropped from the starting eleven based on his error prone performances off-late. He also accepts that at a big club like Arsenal, no one is guaranteed a place as there is a lot of competition in the squad.
‘I have made mistakes.
‘If I played flawlessly in all the matches I would be Lionel Messi. As a footballer you know you what may happen when you play badly.
‘I’m not worried though – it’s only the last games, I have played about 35 times this season. This is Arsenal, they are not a bad team and there is a lot of competition.’ – The Arsenal defender was quoted in press.
The defender also added, in another interview, that he is working hard to get back his place in the squad –
“Of course I want to play every game, but you are playing for a big club so you know this sort of thing can happen.
“It has happened before and I am not worried too much. I am working hard every day to do well.”
There are also lot of speculation regarding his future at the Emirates, with reports from Spain and Italy suggesting that Barcelona and AC Milan are closely monitoring the Belgium international. It is believed that Arsene Wenger might consider selling him if an appropriate offer comes in as the Frenchman looks to rebuild his defence in the summer. But it must be added that Wenger has dismissed such speculations and has stated that he still considers Vermaelen as an important part of the squad.