By Joe Brewin

Thomas Vermaelen insists he does not need matches to bed himself back into the Arsenal first team.

The Belgian international made his long-awaited return from injury in the Carling Cup win over Bolton on Tuesday night after two months on the sidelines.

Vermaelen was in good spirits after completing 84 minutes and he doesn’t buy into the theory that players need time to find their ‘match sharpness’.

“I feel great,” Vermaelen told Arsenal Player. “I trained yesterday with the team and I felt good straight away so I felt confident for tonight.

“Personally I don't believe in that [needing games to regain sharpness]. If I come back from injury after a long time I don't believe in coming back and getting rhythm.

“I think it is just in your head and a mental thing - if you are a football player you have to be there straight away. That's why I wanted to play today and I think it's good.

“It was a good game for us, we fought hard and it was a deserved win for us I think.”

The full interview with Thomas is now available on Arsenal Player.

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26 Oct 2011