Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott was happy for Thomas Vermaelen after his performance in their 0-0 draw with Chelsea.

Vermaelen impressed during Arsenal's 0-0 draw against Chelsea last night, which was just his second League start of the campaign.

Walcott told the London Evening Standard: "He can have a big part to play in our season, without a doubt. It's a great thing at this club that we have a lot of competition for places now.

"Thomas wanted to prove a point and I'm sure the way he played against Chelsea, he is definitely in the manager's thoughts now.

"I'm very happy for him, he was fantastic and helped get us a clean sheet and that will give him a lot of confidence. Thomas will want to make that position his own."