Arsenal fixture pile-up? Bring it on, says Vermaelen

Thomas Vermaelen

Thomas Vermaelen

Thomas Vermaelen has eyed Arsenal’s daunting fixture pile-up and declared: Bring it on!

Gunners skipper Vermaelen has been forced to watch from the sidelines mostly this season with Arsene Wenger preferring the partnership of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in central defence.

But the Belgian ace realises with such a busy schedule coming up he needs to be patient and wait for his chance.

Arsenal’s run starts later this month and sees them face Chelsea, Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United in 12 days.

And Vermaelen said: “That period will be a hard time for us and really intense but that’s why you come to play for a big club like Arsenal.

“You want to play in these kind of games so to get four of those games is something to look forward to.”

Vermaelen insists he is backing his team-mates in the role of skipper even though he has to be satisfied with a place on the bench.

He added: “I’m really proud to be captain and still so happy to be playing for this club.

“A great captain is somebody who wants to be a leader, not just on the pitch but on the training field as well. A great captain wants to set a good example to all their team-mates and help them in difficult times. That could be in a game or when they have difficult times individually.”

Arsenal travel to West Brom on Sunday for a Premier League clash.