By Chris Harris
Cesc Fabregas is not surprised that Thomas Vermaelen is already a big hit with the Arsenal fans.
The Belgian defender has followed up his EA SPORTS Arsenal.com Player of the Month award for August by winning the September prize - the first time a new Arsenal signing has pulled off that particular double.
Vermaelen has been an obvious choice for the Club's official award after a flying start to his career in English football. The 23-year-old has added steel to the Arsenal defence but has exceeded all expectations by getting forward to net five times and top the Gunners' scoring charts.
Vermaelen is already being lauded as one of Arsène Wenger's most astute signings and Arsenal's captain can see why the centre back has earned the fans' seal of approval.
"I’m a big fan of him. He’s been doing so well," said Fabregas at the launch of Nike's CTR360 Boot at the start of the month.
"It’s difficult in this position, especially from centre back because you will always be compared to some other players, or if you know that your defence is one of your weaknesses then you have to do even better to be loved by the people, and I think the fans clicked straight away with him since his first game.
"He scored a goal [in his first game at Everton], played amazing, his confidence is high at the moment. And with the ball he’s really good. He’s like one more midfielder.
"These days, to have a centre back that can play, you know, these balls on the ground, between the lines, and past players, for players like me in midfield it’s really good because it gives you so much time and so much space on the ball. It’s really good.
"The way he is playing I don't think he needs any advice [from me]. I am sure he is a very strong guy with a strong mentality. You can see he has been a captain before because he is strong and he knows how to lead a team."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 14 Oct 2009