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Arsenal defender Mertesacker: Vermaelen great role-model

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker is full of praise for teammate Thomas Vermaelen.

The Belgium international has found himself on the bench this season.

"Laurent Koscielny, Thomas and I force each other to new heights," Mertesacker said. "At this time, the preference is for Laurent and me, but I must say that Thomas is a role model for everyone.

"Not only because he is the captain, more so because of his way of communicating and dealing with such a situation."

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