Vermaelen refuses to discuss Arsenal future

The defender was handed his first Premier League start of the season on Sunday due to Per Mertesacker's illness but the Belgian is keen to just concentrate on his football
Thomas Vermaelen insists that he does not want to discuss his future at Arsenal despite being afforded just one Premier League start this season.

The centre-back has made just six appearances for the Gunners this term after falling down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium but recently denied that he was looking for an exit.

33/1 Belgium are 33-1 with William Hill to beat Colombia on Thursday
However, Vermaelen admitted in October that a lack of playing time ahead of the World Cup could force him to consider his options - but now he is keen to not add to the speculation.

"I don't want to speak about the situation because if I do I make it worse, so I don't want to speak," he told Sky Sports.

"It is not about my situation it is about the team and they are doing well, it is not about me.

"Of course you want to play as much as you can, so I was really happy to play on Sunday."

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has reportedly assured Vermaelen that his place in the World Cup squad is safe whether he is playing regularly for Arsenal or not but the defender feels that "nothing is for sure" ahead of a major tournament.

"I don't know if he said that, I didn't hear it," he continued.

"Nothing is for sure, there is still along way to go - there is big competition in the national team and you have to work hard."