Arsenal captain and defender Thomas Vermaelen has insisted that he will fight as hard as he can to regain his first-team spot in the heart of the Gunners' defence.

The Belgium international has come under a lot of scrutiny this season as many fans have grown frustrated at his performances since taking over as club captain.

His poor form resulted in him being dropped for the Champions League second-leg away in Germany against Bayern Munich.

The English side went on to win that game 2-0 after an impressive defensive display by Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.

After impressing in Germany, Arsene Wenger then decided to keep the same partnership at the back for the Premier League game away at Swansea which once again left Vermaelen on the bench.

It was a game that Arsenal went on to win 2-0 again with another good performance from the new centre-back partnership.

Despite being dropped for the last two games, the Belgium defender insists he will fight hard to win his place back in the starting line-up.

He told Arsenal's official match-day programme: "It's just something that happens in football, especially when you play for a big club.

"I always want to play, of course, but the boss has big decisions to make and puts the team on the pitch that he thinks will win the game.

"It worked on both of those occasions, and each time I was delighted that we won.

"I'm fighting to win my place back, and nothing will change my mentality or the way I work - I will give everything every day, as I have throughout my career."


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