Thomas Vermaelen has scored more league goals this season than Fernando Torres. The Belgian does love a goal and while his willingess to get on the end of crosses has drawn praise from Arsene Wenger, the manager wants to find the right balance between attack and defence.
In today’s Match Day Programme, Wenger says, “I like him to go forward on set-pieces but I don’t like that we are caught on the break. The first job of a centre back is to not concede goals.
“But he has a nose in the box to find a goal where it is needed and I must say he is a good finisher. He is the only one, along with Robin, who gets on the end of crosses with headers. When you see him head the ball you have hope that he will score because he really goes for it.”
Six goals this season makes him Arsenal’s joint third highest scorer, alongside Mikel Arteta, behind Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott.
Meanwhile, left back Andre Santos should have added to his tally against Wigan on Monday night, and his love of getting forward adds another dimension to our attack, but does leave us a bit exposed at the back.
Wenger is enjoying the Brazilian’s contributions but says that there’s little to choose between him and Kieran Gibbs.
“I like to have a battle because we had many injuries and now Gibbs is back. In the last game I still had a doubt that he was completely ready but it is still a battle there.
“In every game it is an interesting choice but that is part of being a big club as well. You want the fight.”