Vermaelen: It’s good to be straight


Thomas Vermaelen believes that being able to call a spade a spade, has had a major impact on the dressing room atmosphere inside the Arsenal camp in the last twelve months.

Claiming that honest appraisal of performances were a bedrock of squad strength last season, the Belgian, who captained Eredivisie giants Ajax before moving to the Emirates, also made clear that off-pitch relationships have helped unite Arsene Wenger’s international roster of merry men.

“I know the Dutch like to be straight with each other and tell people what they think and that is important,” Vermaelen told

“If you can tell your team-mate what is going wrong and they accept it, that means something is going well in the team. If he can’t accept it then that is not good. To say what you think to other players is really important.

“If the chemistry is right off the pitch then I think you see that on it too.  It is really important that you have a happy dressing room and that the players are always happy to come to the Club and get along with each other.

“It means you will work hard for your team-mate because you get along with each other.”

Appointed vice-captain last summer, and presumably Wenger’s first choice to take over the full duty should Van Persie leave, Vermaelen also touched upon how proud he was to shoulder such responsibility at the Emirates.

“When the boss made me vice-captain it made me proud,” he continued. “I am really happy to be vice-captain of such a big club like Arsenal.

“I feel the responsibility to help the captain in his role as well, and of course that means the Club and the boss give you a lot of confidence.”

In a spirit of openness, I’m sure the Belgian would be the first to admit that his performances in the second half have been somewhat erratic.

While Arseblog News is loathe to make excuses on his behalf, you can’t help but think his willingness to take responsibility for matters above and beyond his call of duty (like scoring goals every fucking game) played a part in him, quite literally, taking his eye off the ball in defence. Let’s hope he returns to his former solidity at the back next term…


  1. Just to warn you, on the facebook preview of this article it says
    “Thomas Vermaelen believes that being able to call Diaby a spade…”

    I’m sure it’s a mistake but an unfortunate one

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  2. Tommy needs to improve his defensive game….someone needs to be straight with him and Song Billong.

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      • So 19 people agree that an Arsenal player should tell Song that he is shit?
        I said that ARSENAL PLAYERS will NOT go and tell SONG that he is SHIT because they know better than that. Only a dickhead would go and tell Song that he is shit.
        Do all the readers of this blog really think Song is shit? I DO NOT.

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  3. Vermaelen used to be the rock of Arsenal’s defence, and Song used to be one of the best defensive mids in the PL.

    Now Vermaelen is a more wobbly, but scoring goals, and Song has turned into a midfielder who has enough about him to be creative too, sacrificing some of his defensive duties.

    Hoping next season will create more balance.

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    • Perhaps loud thinking on my part, let’s pretend in an experimental world that Vermaelen plays the defensive midfield role? Would allow him to get more forward during a game. But then I could see him abandoning all defensive duties a la Song and we’re back to square one.

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      • Has he ever tried playing Defensive Midfield. It might work, as we’d have Koscielny and Mertesacker behind him to hold the line on the occasions when he did forget. He could be good playing there alongside Arteta.

        But how about converting him to centre forward. He can shoot, he can head, and he likes to get into the box.

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      • Think Vermaelen is more of a chance-taker than a chance-creator, the way Song has shown these past 2 seasons (even if the season before he was more of a proper DM), Vermaelen for centre-forward please.

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    • I never remember Vermaelen being a rock. We have shipped bucketloads of goals with him in the side and without him. In fact, whatever defenders we use we ship boatloads of goals. *sigh*

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  4. The verminator might think it’s goot to be straight but as soon as he says he thinks it’s good to be gay i’m leaving my girlfriend for him immediately….

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  5. Every player at ARsenal this season has made a few (numerous) mistakes …why is everyone concentrating on Song??

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  6. Arsene should move Tommy to midfield and get a more solid defender to replace him at the back. He’ll do better in the midfield and things will be a lot better for Arsenal after all.

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  7. Tommy got stuck cleaning up so many of Songs messes this season and took a lot of flack for it. You watch, the second we have a proper covering midfielder we will see the Verm back to his best.

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    • Its not really Song’s fault though, as bloggs said the other day, he’s not a defensive midfielder just our most defensive minded midfielder.

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    • I think you’re misappropriating some of the blame. While Song made more mistakes down the stretch, its important to note that most of those incidents occurred when Arteta was injured and Ramsey was playing his role. Ramsey’s constant giving away of the ball made everyone look bad.

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  8. Ohhh, OK. I at first thought the headline meant Verm was talking about how it’s good to be heterosexual. Maybe that’s purely an American connotation. Anyway, thanks to Thomas for taking his eye off the defense against Newcastle, so I didn’t end up flying to North London to see a 1-1. I owe you one. Back to defense next season, though.

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    • An interesting theory, but what if it inspired him and turned him into the new Tony Adams instead? Then who would we pick as our default worst central defender and the butt of all our jokes? We can’t pick Vermaelen as he always tries so hard and scores goals. We can’t pick Koscielny because he’s our best central defender. We can’t pick Djourou because he’s such a nice young bloke. We can’t pick any of our younger central defenders because they are still developing and it could ruin their careers. We can’t pick Mertesacker because he’s a Big Fucking German and would kick our arses.

      My God, if Squillaci became our Captain we’d have to recall Silvestre to the team just to laugh at.

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  9. Vermaelen comes clean about his position and reveals his close bond with Van Persie, Allegedly telling the media he likes to remain as close as possible to Rvp off and on the field 🙁

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  10. Think vermaelen is a player who could play anywhere down the middle, he can shoot, he can defend and he’s not too bad at passing. I do think however that he has his best games when there is a player be it arteta, song or hopefully wilshere who is willing to drop back and defend when he runs forward. I don’t blame him for his wandering forward this season I just think that as he is coming into his prime he can use his experience to know when to run forward and when to sit back

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  11. thomas has no idea of the crude double meaning of the word spade.I am sure being part a dressing full of many different colours and creeds he would be horrified to think he would be associated with such bigotry

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  12. Guys, you have really got to change the preview in the facebook post. I’m sure it was a mistake but the wording is unacceptable.

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  13. So, since i last left you guys my journey home was fairly average. I slept for precisely 13 minutes on the bus, and awoke just in time to get off at my stop. The hot weather made me extra sleepy. If any of you are ever on the 134 bus in London, i am the guy with the peacock feathers sewn into his hat. Please say hello if you see me, and you may even be lucky enough to receive one of the matchstick planes if i so happen to have one on my person.

    For dinner i went round to a friends house. She made pizza… It was very tasty indeed, but the mood was soured when i realised that the prawns i had taken out of the fridge when i got home, had probably gone off by now. I went to the toilet and shed a tear. The pizza was very tasty, and i asked for the recipe upon leaving.

    Work today was very tiring. The air conditioner was only working half the time so it was either extremely hot or unnecessarily chilly. I didn’t know whether to put more clothes on or take more off. At the end of the day i was down to a power rangers t-shirt and some hot pants. The customers didn’t seem to mind my somewhat obscure attire, and even remarked on how “cool” i looked. I need to wear this combination more often obviously.

    The boys on the bus today were laughing at me for some reason? I do not know why, but i can only hazard a guess that they were trying to make contact with me so i would be able to join their friendship group.

    I am at a loss for what to do for the rest of the evening. Shall have a think and get back to you.

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  14. Lol love the headline, dont wanna sound like a kissass but this is by far the best Arsenal blog out there, it makes my fridays worthwhile, ill be getting ready for work and mybwife is like wtf are u listening to (refering to internet Joe R.I.P.) Im working on getting tickets for next season and fly to London then, anyone wann hook up and show me the scene and have a couple drinks lemme know

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  15. Nice sense of style, peacock feather hat, power rangers t shirt and hot pants…can I have a matchstick plane now?

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  16. So when i go out i never take my i.d so the bouncer says ok mate what year was you born, drunk or not i say the same thing, 1986 100 years after arsenal was created dur?

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