Monday, 17th September, 2012
Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen believes that the Gunners get a result at Manchester City next weekend, a game which is set to examine their title credentials.
The Gunners are unbeaten in the Premier League so far this season and sent out a real statement of intent on Saturday by crushing newly promoted Southampton 6-1 at the Emirates Stadium.
Coming hot on the heels of Arsenal’s comfortable 2-0 win away at Liverpool, the victory sent out a message and hinted at the growing confidence of Arsene Wenger’s men.
The Gunners are in action tomorrow evening in the Champions League, with French side Montpellier providing the opposition for their group opener. But Vermaelen is looking beyond the trip to the Stade de la Mosson and towards Manchester City, a game which could hint at whether Arsenal are Premier League title contenders.
"We have to stay focused because there are a few hard games coming up", the Belgian told Arsenal’s official site.
"We have to play away at Montpellier on Tuesday and then we have Manchester City, so it is not going to be easy.
"It is good for confidence. We are happy today, but Tuesday is another game.
"The Champions League is always different so that will be a test as well, especially away from home."
And Vermaelen explained that he is keeping the trip to Eastlands in mind, with Manchester City perhaps the ultimate test given that they are the champions.
"Manchester City are the champions from last year so it won’t be easy.
"We have to go there and play our own game – I am confident we can get a result there."
Like Arsenal, Manchester City are in midweek action before the two meet. The Citizens face a daunting trip to the Bernabeu to face Real Madrid.