Arsenal defender and captain Thomas Vermaelen insists that his first season as the club captain has been a good learning curve for him, even though he has had some bad moments.

The Belgium international was given the captain’s armband after their old captain Robin van Persie left the club in order to join Manchester United back in the summer.

Despite being the captain, Vermaelen has found himself sitting on the bench more often than playing in the heart of the defence and the reason for that is because of the improvement in centre-backs Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.

The two defenders have produced a solid pairing at the back for Arsenal and they have only conceded five in their last nine games when being at the back.

Even though he hasn't been playing recently, Vermaelen still tries to be the best captain as he possibly can be, even if it's his leadership coming from the bench.

Speaking to the official match day programme, Vermaelen revealed he has learnt a lot this season.

"I’m approaching the end of my first season as Arsenal captain, and I’ve certainly learned a lot," he told the official match day programme.

"It’s been a new experience for me and I’ve taken plenty from it. Of course it’s been disappointing, on a personal level, not to be playing much over the last few weeks - but again, that’s something you learn from and you make sure to take positives from it.

"That’s what I did when I missed a season through injury, and it’s what I am doing now. You can only become stronger from these different experiences.

“Regardless of whether I’ve been playing, my style of captaincy has remained the same and I make sure I am there for my team-mates. I speak to players individually, but I’m not a big talker in general. The team is doing well, and I’m ready when called upon.

"I feel good, fit and confident so if the manager needs me I will be ready to take my place.”

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