Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has vowed to stay at Arsenal and fight for his place. The Belgian has struggled for game time in the past 18 months with Arsene Wenger preferring the partnership of Per Mertesacker & Laurent Koscielny.
He was expected to seek a move away from Arsenal in January due to his lack of first team football but has insisted he wants to stay at the Emirates and try to regain a first team spot.
His omission from the starting team has also changed his role in the international team losing his place to Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen and Vincent Kompany of Manchester City.
“At the moment there is no story. It’s now November and things can happen. If they do, I’m ready and I’m not thinking about anything else.”
“I can keep talking about my situation. I’ve done that with the national team and I keep reading stories that I want to leave. But that’s not the case. I’m still focused on playing 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 do and I’m really happy that we’re on top.”
The former Ajax man was handed his first start of the season after Per Mertesacker was taken ill. The Belgian kept out the threat of Wayne Rooney & Van Persie but the duo combined to get the only goal of the game with Olivier Giroud unable to beat Van Persie to the header.
For the rest of the game, Vermaelen & Koscielny formed a good partnership to repel the United attack. Mertesacker is expected to regain his place when Arsenal next play against Southampton but Vermaelen will have done his chances no harm.