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Vermaelen learning about England's 'hard game'

Vermaelen learning about England's 'hard game'

After four games with Arsenal, center back Thomas Vermaelen is learning that things are tough in the Premier League.
Vermaelen, who helped the Gunners reach the group stage of the Champions League by starting in Wednesday's 4-1 win over Celtic at the Emirates Stadium, was brought into the squad by manager Arsene Wenger to help shore up the defense.
"In Arsenal, if you play in the Premiership, every game is a hard game," the former Ajax captain said. "In Holland, sometimes you had a game at home and it was easy. But every game here you have to fight very hard.
"Here it's a special game."
Vermaelen will have another chance to show his worth this weekend when Arsenal travels to Old Trafford to face three-time defending champion Manchester United.
"It's a difficult game on Saturday," said Vermaelen, a Belgium international who arrived at Arsenal on June 19. "We had a game on Wednesday and we'll see how we recover from that."
Since the season started, Vermaelen has teamed up well with William Gallas in the back, making the Belgian's transition to the Premier League go rather smoothly.
"The team is helping me a lot to adapt here," said Vermaelen, who scored in the 6-1 win over Everton. "I think I know what he (Gallas) does and he knows what I'm doing so we seem to compliment each other quite well."
Wenger is also impressed.
"Who wouldn't be happy?" the Arsenal manager said. "The two center backs again tonight were outstanding. Thomas was great."
On Saturday, however, Vermaelen is likely to be tested by United striker Wayne Rooney.
"I'm not nervous," Vermaelen said of the prospect of defending against the England international. "Every player looks forward to playing these kind of games."


Updated : 2021-03-02 08:36 GMT+08:00