Vermaelen insists that his methods are straightforward and admits he has been helped by some of the senior members of the squad.
"A captain should always give 100 per cent for his club on the pitch, that's the first thing," he told the Official Arsenal Magazine.
"He needs to give a good example and be disciplined. But everyone does the role differently - some people talk a lot in the dressing room, some don't, some talk to individual players and perhaps try to help the youngsters.
"I just try to do as well as I can, setting a good example on the pitch and off it. Robin did a good job last year and it went well, so I aim to continue that.
"I try to be disciplined, to live by the rules, and to make sure the whole team is doing the same. There are a few of us who work together on that, though - Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker as well, they're really good and help me a lot.
"We're like a small team, making sure everyone is doing the right things and trying to assist them when they need it."