Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen is happy Premier League clubs are taking notice of Belgian talent.

Vermaelen, who signed a new long-term deal at the Emirates, is not surprised that fellow Belgian defender Vincent Kompany has penned a six-year deal at Manchester City.

He said: "There are a lot of Belgian players now in the Premier League and that means we have a lot of talent in the national team.

"Maybe we're doing something right. Dedication in Belgium is good and the players tend to leave early for other countries. You have to be lucky as well. If these players come through together as one, that generally helps."