Vermaelen proud to accept Arsenal captaincy

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen is proud to be named new club captain.

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen is proud to be named new club captain.

The Belgian has inherited the armband on a full-time basis following Robin van Persie's departure, and is delighted to be starting a new chapter in his career.

"It makes me really happy and proud to be Arsenal captain - it's a real honour," the Belgian says in his programme notes for Saturday's match with Sunderland.

"I won't change the way I am, though. The boss makes you captain because of the way you are, so I won’t change how I am in the dressing room or outside. I want to lead by example, and do as well as I can on the pitch.

"Maybe I am not much of a talker away from the pitch, but I want to lead the team through the way I play."

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