Arsenal defender Vermaelen: Walcott, Nasri have something to prove

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen feels Theo Walcott and Samir Nasri are set for big seasons ahead.

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen feels Theo Walcott and Samir Nasri are set for big seasons ahead.

Both players suffered World Cup rejection over the summer - and Vermaelen says that could work in the Gunners' favour.

"Of course," he told arsenal.com of Walcott's motivation. "Every player wants to be in the national team. He is very motivated, Samir as well. In pre-season you can see that they are fresh and they are playing very well at the moment.

"But for them they wanted to be at the World Cup. Physically they will be fresher and 100 per cent for Arsenal this season."

 
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