Arsenal captain Vermaelen: I know I'm fighting for my place
Vermaelen maintains whatever final decision is made will not change his approach.
Speaking in his captain's column in tomorrow's official Arsenal matchday magazine, Vermaelen said: "I am fighting to win my place back, and nothing will change my mentality or the way I work - I will give everything every day, as I have throughout my career.
"It is just something that happens in football, especially when you play for a big club.
"I always want to play, of course, but the boss has big decisions to make and puts the team on the pitch that he thinks will win the game.
"It worked on both of those occasions, and each time I was delighted that we won."