By Joe Brewin

Thomas Vermaelen is confident Arsenal have made shrewd moves with the signings of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud this summer.

Both have stayed at London Colney to work on their fitness during the past week and will link up with their new team-mates when the squad returns from their pre-season tour of Asia, Presented by Emirates, next week.

Vermaelen has history facing Podolski with both Belgium and Arsenal - and the centre back is convinced that the experienced German is a perfect acquisition.

“I haven't seen them training with us yet this pre-season because they came to us late after the Euros,”said Vermaelen in an exclusive interview with, the Club's Chinese website.

“But of course I know Podolski from the national team when I have seen him play and we played against him last year when we played Cologne. I think he is a great player with a great left foot and a good attitude and discipline as well. I am really happy he is with the Club now.

“Giroud was the top goalscorer in the French League - that says enough.”

  • You can watch the full interview with Thomas on Arsenal Player now. Head here for the Club’s Chinese site.
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26 Jul 2012