Thomas Vermaelen enjoys his leadership role at Arsenal.

The Belgian international was appointed second in command to Robin van Persie last summer after recovering from an injury-hit campaign in 2010/11.

"When the boss made me vice-captain it made me proud," the defender told Arsenal Player. "I am really happy to be vice-captain of such a big club like Arsenal.

"I feel the responsibility to help the captain in his role as well, and of course that means the Club and the boss give you a lot of confidence."