Thomas Vermaelen has been speaking about his new role as club captain this season, and says he hopes to continue the fine work by Robin van Persie last year.
The striker was captain of Arsenal for one season before making a controversial move to Manchester United in the summer, but Vermaelen has hinted there was a lot to learn from the Dutchman’s leadership style.
Speaking to the club’s official magazine and quoted on Arsenal.com, he explained:
“I just try to do as well as I can, setting a good example on the pitch and off it. Robin did a good job last year and it went well, so I aim to continue that. A captain should always give 100 per cent for his club on the pitch, that’s the first thing.
“He needs to give a good example and be disciplined. But everyone does the role differently – some people talk a lot in the dressing room, some don’t, some talk to individual players and perhaps try to help the youngsters.”
Vermaelen added that he has the help of a few other key experienced players in the squad.
“I try to be disciplined, to live by the rules, and to make sure the whole team is doing the same. There are a few of us who work together on that, though – Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker as well, they’re really good and help me a lot.”
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