Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has urged his team-mates to not let Sunday’s defeat to Manchester United effect their confidence as they all head off for their respective international breaks.
The Belgium centre-back started against United on Sunday due to illness to Per Mertesacker, but he couldn’t stop Robin Van Persie giving the hosts all three points after a first-half header, however, the captain believes there is no reason to lose confidence over the defeat.
“We lost the game to a set-piece and that’s a bit frustrating,” the Belgian said. “Neither side really created too many chances. We didn’t play well enough in possession of the ball to create any chances or score goals.
“We wanted to win the game and went to Old Trafford to do that. We were eight points ahead of United going into the match and had the chance to make it 11 points. It was a bit of a missed opportunity.
“But we’re still top of the league and need to keep the confidence we’ve had over the last couple of weeks. There’s no reason for that to change dramatically. We’re still confident we can win games and we have a long way to go.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt