Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has been speaking to the Belgian media this week and revealed he’s enjoying life as Gunners’ skipper and couldn’t be happier in London.
Vermaelen on London life:
“I can easily walk around in central London [without getting approached]. And if I leave my house with my girlfriend, we do not have paparazzi waiting for us outside the door!”
“I have a few people who take care of my business and my finances, but quite honestly, I’d rather take care of it myself. When I had to register my car, our liaisons officer offered to help me – but I preferred to do it myself, after finding out how to on the internet. And it also helps to have an English girlfriend!”
“I want to buy an apartment or a house in London, but you never know how long you’ll stay”.
On his own form:
“I will not say I’ve played amazing this season, but I’ve never been terrible either. That is my opinion! I’ve played more than 30 matches every season: you can not be at your best in every single game.
“The Premier League is very intense. You can not allow yourself to be less than 100 per cent. I have, for example, played eight games in a month. Rest is required after this. A winter break would be welcome, both physically and mentally. But we don’t have a choice, so we play.”
On being captain:
“I understand that to wear the armband is of enormous importance, but that does not mean that my performances should suffer. Wenger gave me the armband because he knows who I am and what I’m all about. I am not someone who yells in a locker room but I can if necessary to do so.
“I noticed that some players, once appointed captain, force it a bit [dig at William Gallas?]. I’ve tried to avoid from falling into this trap. Jan (Vertonghen), who is obviously already a leader at Tottenham, and myself learned a lot about leadership at Ajax. We do have different characters. He is noisier. Vince [Kompany] is very loud. His charisma and leadership are natural.”
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