Thomas Vermaelen backs Arsenal to end trophy drought with FA Cup victory
Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen says that Arsenal’s current trophy drought will not affect their performance in the FA Cup final. Arsene Wenger’s men won their last trophy in 2005 after beating Manchester United in the FA Cup and have had a barren 9 years since but Vermaelen is confident of ending the drought this weekend.
The 28-year-old emphasised the Gunners’ will to win and its impact on the club’s future saying, “We want to win it for him [Arsene Wenger], for the players and for the fans.”
“There’s been a lot of talk about us not winning, and we’re doing it all together as a club and for him as well. It would give us a massive boost for the next few years.”
“There’s loads of potential in this team, a lot of good players, and it would give them confidence for the following years.”
“We’re used to the pressure – every game has to be won. There’s been a lot of talk about not winning for nine years and there’s a lot at stake, but we go with a lot of confidence.””
Vermaelen is unlikely to start the game as first choice center backs Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker are fit but he is hoping for a chance to play.
“Everyone knows the Cup final is something special. Everyone wants to play finals as a player, so for me as well it would be something special to be out there.”