Arsenal defender Vermaelen happy with Mertesacker partnership

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen is convinced his partnership with Per Mertesacker will improve.

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen is convinced his partnership with Per Mertesacker will improve.

Mertesacker provides a commanding presence at 6ft 4in, and Vermaelen maintains there should be no issue with whatever selection the manager makes this weekend.

"I only trained for a short time with Per before that [Marseilles] game because I had been injured since he came to Arsenal," he said.

"For me it was a bit strange because I played alongside him for the first time straight away in a Champions League game.

"But we know each other's qualities because I have seen him in games and you know where the other centre-back is going to be.

"I don't think it is a big problem."

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