Arsenal: Vermaelen happy with Gunners

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Thomas Vermaelen has insisted he is happy at Arsenal and does not want to leave the club despite not being first-choice for the Gunners in defence this season.

The Belgium international has struggled for regular first-team football so far this term as Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker have been boss Arsene Wenger’s preferred partnership in central defence.

His lack of action has led to suggestions that the Belgium international could leave in the January transfer window and he has been linked with a switch to Newcastle United, among other clubs. However, Vermaelen says he is happy at the Emirates and does not want to leave.

“I’m not talking about my situation,” he said when asked about his future. “I am still happy at Arsenal.”

Vermaelen played in his side’s 3-1 win at West Ham United on Boxing Day as Koscielny was injured, as Arsenal moved back to the top of the Premier League.

Boss Wenger believes the victory was a good response to his side’s critics this season, saying: “If we had not won (at West Ham), we would have had to answer many questions. It was the kind of game many people would have questioned us had we not won and especially if we lost.”

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