Thomas Vermaelen says a winter break would be welcome for the Premier League, suggesting that it’s impossible for any player to remain at the top of their form given the schedule in England at this time of the year.
The Belgian has played nearly 30 games* for club and country, and says that this, rather than the responsibility as captain of Arsenal, has been a factor in his erratic form this campaign.
Speaking to Nieuwsblad, he said, “I can’t say I’ve rocked the house this season, but I’ve not been too bad either! In any career there are times when you go through low periods. I’ve played more than 30 official matches this season: you can not be at the top at each of these.
“We did not have a choice though: every three days there’s a match. The Premier League is very intense. You can not allow yourself to be less than 100%. Not even for one game! I have, for example, played eight games in a month. This requires rest.
“A winter break would be welcome, both physically and mentally. But we don’t have one, so we play.”
And he played down talk of the captaincy burdening him.
“This reasoning is not well founded. Yes, wearing the armband is of enormous importance, but that does not mean that my performances suffer.”
* List of Vermaelen appearances here4,228 views