|Org||Belgium National Team|
|Club as Player||Vissel Kobe|
2009 11 12 Retrieve
[That positional switch, and Wenger’s memory, led to Vermaelen being watched carefully by Arsenal. Vermaelen, struggling for his best form, was surprised] I knew they were there… I heard about it, but I was not playing well. A lot of people told me about that fight, too, and it was in his mind. It was terrible, there was only two weeks in between - I just don’t know why they came back to watch!
[When Rowley turned up at a Belgian national team training session prior to an end-of-season trip to Japan, Vermaelen was confused] A lot of players from Anderlecht and Standard Liege had pulled out. There were only six of us on a bad pitch!
2015 12 21 Retrieve
[on Messi, Suarez, and Neymar] They are the three best in the world. Together they are incredible. The goals they score, the way they play. What they do on the pitch they do in training as well. For us it’s amazing. If you play against the best, you will only get better. You have to improve. We’re lucky we can see them every day in training; what they do is special. We’re lucky we can see it. You have to wait until it’s on the TV, but we can see it every day
2018 02 17 Retrieve
[Thomas Vermaelen speaks about a common misperception about Barça defenders] People have a bit of a wrong view of defenders in Barcelona because they think: ‘Ah it’s an easy job, they only attack, attack, attack’ but the demands are very high. Playing in the other team’s half doesn’t just happen by itself. It’s because we keep them under constant pressure
2019 09 03 Retrieve
[Former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen is confident the side will improve under Unai Emery this season] Arsenal have improved with the players they got in the summer. I think they did a good job in the transfer market. It’s a new Arsenal but it doesn’t mean it is going to be worse than last season or difficult now. Of course a few players have to adapt but I think there is a good manager there (Unai Emery) who wants to play football. I expect them to do better than last year
2020 06 08 Retrieve
[Robin van Persie’s move to Manchester United in 2012 came as a massive disappointment to Thomas Vermaelen] It was a surprise Robin van Persie left. I knew he was going to go eventually but to hear that he’d all of a sudden left for Manchester United was a big surprise. I wanted him to stay at Arsenal of course, because in his last season with us he was the PFA Player of the Year. He had a great season, the best season of his career, so I wanted him to stay and be a legend. Of course, he’s strong in his character so he couldn’t change his mind. I think that’s a good thing because that makes him the person and player he is. You couldn’t change his mind, he’d made it up that he was going to go.