Originally written April 19, 2012 on O-Posts:
Hello everyone. Over the coming weeks I'll be writing my views on every Arsenal player to have played over 20 games this season and will even be giving my own rating out of 10. Today, I continue with the former Belgian captain, Thomas Vermaelen




Thomas Vermaelen:




Thomas joined Arsenal in 2009 and has since been the key part of Arsenal's defence. Some would say we wouldn't be where we are if he hadn't have joined. Since the Invicibles, our defence has been the main part of why we haven't won a trophy in 7 years but with the resurgence of Tommy V, Bosscielny, Bacary and Kieran, next season is already looking up, should they all stay injury free, of course.


In Thomas's first  Premier League game, he scored against Everton in a 6-1 away win and become Arsenal's 84th player to score on their debut. He then hit a brace against Wigan and became notable to Arsenal fans as a goal scoring defender.




Like Laurent Koscielny, Vermaelen has been up there with the best this season but has been often playing at left back as Gibbs and Santos were both injured and was said to have been "frustrated and uncomfortable" at left back. 


One of the most memorable moments of Vermaelen this season, is when he scored a 65th minute own goal vs Fulham at the Emirates and then 18 minutes later, the Verminator scored a header to make it 1-1. 


I wouldn't say Thomas has been in Koscielny's shadow this season, but he certainly hasn't been as efficient. If the two can keep fit next season, any team that will come to the Emirates will have a tough time trying to get past the duo.


My rating out of 10 for the Belgian: 7.5/10




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