Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has insisted he does not want to leave the Emirates side despite falling out of favour with Arsene Wenger. 

The Belgian has played second fiddle to the Per Mertesacker-Laurent Koscielny partnership all season, but impressed in yesterday's defeat against Manchester United after German international Mertesacker fell ill with a virus. 

And after the game, the 27-year-old centre-back told The Evening Standard he hoped to force his way back into the starting team:

"I can keep talking about my situation," he said, "and I keep reading stories that I want to leave.

"That's not the case. I'm still focused on the team, and I'm really happy we're top of the league."

The former-Ajax man joined Arsenal from the Dutch side in 2009 and quickly established himself in the first team with a string of commanding defensive displays.

But since the end of last season and the start of this one, Vermaelen has struggled to get back into the team with Mertesacker and Koscielny forging a successful understanding in front of Wojciech Szczesny.

However, asked if he still sees his future at the Gunners, he responded: "Yes. It's November now, and any moment things can change.

"I'm always positive. What I have said is that it is not about my situation, it's about what the team do. 

"Personally, I'm still confident I can play for this club and every chance I get I will do a job for this club."

The Belgium international's contract at the Emirates expires in 2015, but if he fails to break into the Arsenal back line it's possible he may be on the move in January with the 2014 World Cup on the horizon.

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