Arsenal skipper, Thomas Vermaelen insists there’s no cause for alarm despite leaving Manchester empty handed on Sunday. The Gunners saw their five point lead at the top of the EPL table cut down to just two points, courtesy of Robin Van Persie’s header from a Wayne Rooney corner-kick.
Vermaelen, who was drafted into the team due to an illness to Per Mertesacker just hours before the game admits the visitors created little chances, like the hosts but is confident that the momentum isn’t lost in the Arsenal dressing room.
“We lost the game to a set-piece and that’s a bit frustrating,” the Belgian said.
“Neither side really created too many chances. We didn’t play well enough in possession of the ball to create any chances or score goals.
“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. It was a bit of a missed opportunity.
“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.”
Vermaelen left the Belgium training camp yesterday to undergo a scan for a minor calf problem and is a doubt for his country’s friendlies against Colombia and Japan in the coming days.