Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen is hungrier than ever to bring success back to the Emirates Stadium, as he bids to make up for lost time in 2011-12.

The 25-year-old Gunners star endured an injury-plagued season last term, making only five first-team appearances as he struggled with a long-term injury.

"I am really excited, especially after last year," said Vermaelen. "I want to prove myself again and show the people what I'm able to do.

"I played a lot of games in my first year and I hoped to do well in my second year but unfortunately I had a big injury and I couldn't play a lot.”

Vermaelen was a revelation in his debut season for the Gunners, scoring eight goals in 45 appearances as part of a new look Arsenal defence.


But the long-standing Achilles tendon problem suffered at the start of 2010-11 quickly put pay to hopes of more of the same the following year.

“I couldn't show the people a lot [last season],” he continued. “But I'm determined to go on the pitch this year and fight for it.

"But the most important thing is the team of course and I hope we can work as hard as we can as individuals and make the team as strong as we can."

Vermaelen has travelled with the rest Arsene Wenger’s squad to Malaysia where the club kicks off their pre-season tour of Asia, in the hope of giving them the ideal preparation for a fresh tilt at the title next year.

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