Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen is impressed by their summer market work.

Arsène Wenger has already made three major summer signings, bringing Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla to Emirates Stadium.

Vermaelen is pleased with the progress the team have made during pre-season and is confident they can hit the ground running.

"The squad looks strong," he told Arsenal Player. "There are not a lot of injuries at the moment, apart from Bacary [Sagna] and Jack [Wilshere] - for the rest it looks good.

"Everyone looks fit and sharp and it is good that we have so many new players as well.

"At the beginning of last season I was injured with the same problem I had before. For the rest of the season I played quite a lot of games so I was quite pleased with that, but of course I want to do better this year. I want to perform better as well."