The kids are alright, says Vermaelen

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Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has paid tribute to the Gunners 'new kids on the block', having seen a number of players cap impressive debut season's with the north London club.

The 25-year-old Belgian international has endured a frustrating campaign at the Emirates this term, spending most of the season on the sidelines with an achilles injury picked up some nine months ago.

The injury has allowed the likes of Laurent Koscielny, a summer signing from Lorient to break into manager Arsene Wenger's first team, in a year that has also seen the likes of Jack Wilshere and Wojciech Szczesny successfully make the step up.

Vermaelen, who made his long-awaited comeback in Sunday's 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa, reserved special praise for the young trio, and believes on the basis of their performances alone this year, the future is very bright for Arsenal.

"Laurent has done really well in his first Premier League season," Vermaelen told Arsenal’s Official Matchday Programme.


"The French league is a good one, and he knew how to face strong teams like Lyon, Marseille and Bordeaux, but it's a step up to come to the Premier League and he's handled it well.

"There is always talk about Arsenal's back four, but defending is about teamwork as well as individuals and goals are often down to a number of things rather than defenders' mistakes.

"Jack has done really well too – he has a great future in front of him, as does Wojciech. Both of them have a really good mentality and don't feel pressure.

"You can see that on the pitch – they play like they might do in the garden and that's a great quality for a footballer, not to have stress when playing.

"I saw at first hand when I played for the reserves that we have a lot of great young talents here, and it's brilliant that these two guys have pushed on so well."

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