Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 11/10/12
Arsene Wenger believes Thomas Vermaelen could be feeling the weight of the Arsenal captaincy. The Belgian international was given the armband after Robin van Persie was sold to Manchester United. However, the usually reliable centre-half has allowed a few errors to creep into his game - most notably last weekend at Old Trafford where a poor clearance went straight to the Dutch striker, who fired United into the lead after just three minutes. In his post-match interviews with French television following the 2-1 defeat, Wenger admitted Vermaelen's error had been "unwelcome", adding "the big defenders don't make this kind of error". With Andre Santos taken out of the firing line, Vermaelen switched to left-back for the midweek Champions League trip to Schalke, and was unfortunate to deflect a goal-bound effort from Ibrahim Afellay into the net as the Germans fought back for a 2-2 draw. The 26-year-old is likely to return to the heart of the Gunners' rearguard against Fulham tomorr...
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