Vermaelen urges Arsenal youngsters to be more like veteran Campbell

25 March 2010 11:47
Thomas Vermaelen has hailed Sol Campbell has an example for the young Gunners to follow.

Arsenal defender Vermaelen has been impressed by Campbell since the 35-year-old returned to the club in January.

The former skipper has made seven first-team appearances and has partnered Vermaelen at the heart of the defence while William gallas has been sidelined with a calf injury.

Shock: Campbell didn't think Vermaelen should have been sent off against West Ham - the red card ruling him out of this weekend's trip to Birmingham

Belgian Vermaelen, who misses his first game of the season through suspension when Arsenal face Birmingham on Saturday, said: 'I can learn a lot from him. He speaks a lot on the pitch and for young players and a young team it is important to have somebody with a lot of experience who talks a lot on the pitch.'

Vermaelen, 24, also paid tribute to Gallas, adding on Arsenal TV: 'He is a great player for the team and for me. If he plays next to me it makes it easier for me. 

'But he is not there [at the moment] and we have other centre-backs like Mikael Silvestre and Sol. They are both experienced and it is really good to play with them.'

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Source: Daily_Mail

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