By Joe Brewin

Thomas Vermaelen has hailed central-defensive partner Laurent Koscielny for an “amazing” season at the heart of Arsenal’s defence.

The Frenchman has been in fine form throughout the campaign, building on a steady first year in English football.

Vermaelen has forged an impressive partnership with the 26-year-old and the vice-captain believes his team-mate deserves immense credit.

“In the last couple of months we have played together a lot of times and I am pleased with that,” said Vermaelen. “He is a great player. I think we know each other's qualities so at the moment it is going well.

“He has done amazing this season and I don't understand why a lot of criticism was there in the first season. The first week I saw him you could tell he was a great player and now it is all coming out in his second season. I am really happy for him.

“He is [good] all round. He is quick, strong and good with the ball. I think we are quite similar players as well. There are just a lot of things about defending that he is really good at and that is why I like him.

“We want to play from the back of course, that is how we always want to play. He is really good in that as well so that always gives you more confidence at the back.”

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22 Apr 2012