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The centre-half has admitted that he is delighted to have been selected as the Gunners' second in command and believes that the role has given him added confidence

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen believes the extra faith put in him by manager Arsene Wenger by making him the club’s vice-captain has been beneficial to his performances on the pitch.

The Belgian joined the Gunners in 2009 and was named as striker Robin van Persie's deputy last summer after just two seasons at the Emirates.

And Vermaelen was keen to stress how much he has enjoyed his new role, despite suffering a multiple injuries over the past year.

He told the club’s official website: "When the boss made me vice-captain it made me proud, I am really happy to be vice-captain of such a big club like Arsenal.

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"I feel the responsibility to help the captain in his role as well, and of course that means the club and the boss give you a lot of confidence."

The 26-year-old believes that his relationship with Van Persie has also benefitted, with the Dutchman's straight-talking manner creating a positive attitude in the dressing room.

He added: "I know the Dutch like to be straight with each other and tell people what they think and that is important.

"If you can tell your team-mate what is going wrong and they accept it, that means something is going well in the team. If he can't accept it then that is not good. To say what you think to other players is really important.

"If the chemistry is right off the pitch then I think you see that on it too. It is really important that you have a happy dressing room and that the players are always happy to come to the Club and get along with each other.

"It means you will work hard for your team-mate because you get along with each other."

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