Club Captain Thomas Vermaelen comments by AH
Thomas Vermaelen has today told Arsenal.com that he has never doubted what this Gunners team are capable of.
Vermaelen told Arsenal player; “You could see it from the start of the season; this team has a lot of potential. It’s a case of everybody staying fit. We have enough quality in this team to beat anybody. I think you could see that in the games we played against top teams. We didn’t get the results but I think in some parts of the games we played well.”
So Vermaelen clearly has the fighting spirit and still believes in the team, something you want to hear from your captain! But does he really mean it? What worries me is the fact he fails to address the problems of why “We didn’t get the results”. He said we play well but don’t always get the results. I think the way Arsenal play is fantastic and even non Arsenal fans admit our style of play is very fluent, attractive and wonderful to watch, but if it doesn’t get you results then why continue it. We need to address the problems. You don’t get awards and trophies for playing fancy football and the most attractive style of play, you get awards for a mixture of reasons, including hard work, determination and a strong mentality.
Vermaelen said it can be seen in the games against top teams, not to mention the fact that in 6 games against the current Top 4, we have won just 1 game and drawn another. Giving us 4 points out of a possible 18. Not impressive at all for a team that is confident we can continue to compete on the squad and style we play.
I do agree in some ways that on our day and injury free we can compete with the highest teams because of the quality we hold in our squad. But football isn’t an individual sport, it’s a team game. Of course the individuals on the pitch matter and they all make a difference in their own way, but its vitally important we play as a team and that’s something I think we fail to do quite often – especially against the top teams.
Take Vermaelen’s quotes as you will but in my opinion although I am positive he has come out and said that he still believes in this squad (in some sense), I am disappointed that it seems one of the many on-going problems at the club had failed to be addressed and it has just gone unnoticed once again.