Thomas Vermaelen has been named the EA SPORTS Player of the Month for August.

The Belgian defender scooped the official Club prize after a string of powerful performances at the heart of the Arsenal back four.

Thomas made a dream debut at Goodison Park, heading home Robin van Persie's free-kick to give Arsenal a two-goal lead. They went on to win 6-1 as the new boy adapted quickly to English football.

The summer signing from Ajax was just as impressive at Celtic in the Champions League, making a number of timely blocks and interceptions while developing a strong partnership with William Gallas.

Thomas' standards remained high in his three other August games against Portsmouth, Celtic and Manchester United and he has been recognised by the Arsenal fans with 34.9 per cent of the votes cast.

Gallas, who scored three goals last month, finished second in our poll with 22.5 per cent. Andrey Arshavin was third.

Player % of votes
Thomas Vermaelen 34.9%
William Gallas 22.5%
Andrey Arshavin 15.6%
Others 17%

Dan Clark from Colchester has won the chance to present Thomas with his award before an Arsenal home game this month. Dan will also receive two tickets to the match.

"He's made a fantastic start to his Arsenal career." said Dan.

"Thomas has been as solid as hell, dominant in the air and has been a great influence on William Gallas to boot. Plus he even managed a goal on his debut. We couldn't have asked for any better from him, he's been brilliant every game so far."

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10 Sep 2009