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Vermaelen insists he's still 'happy' with the Gunners

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Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen. Photo: PA

Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen. Photo: PA

Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen. Photo: PA

THOMAS VERMAELEN has distanced himself from reports suggesting he could leave Arsenal during the summer.

The Gunners captain started the season as Arsene Wenger's first-choice centre-back but ended it watching the late climb to Champions League qualification from the bench.

Vermaelen's time at the Emirates Stadium has been disrupted by injury, but the 27-year-old Belgian denies he could be on the move in the transfer window.

"I'm happy at Arsenal. I didn't play much and that was frustrating, but things can turn around quickly," he said.

"I was on the bench, but I could just as quickly be playing again.

"I'm working hard to make that happen.

"These are things that happen in professional football.

"Arsenal are a great club where there is a lot of competition."


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