By his own admission, Thomas Vermaelen has had a “horrible time” this season.

The Belgian central defender returned at Stoke last weekend after missing more than eight frustrating months through injury.

TV Online caught up with Thomas to get his take on his injury problems and his relief at being back in Arsène Wenger's squad

He also discussed:

  • a "horrible" season
  • returning to the squad at Stoke last weekend
  • whether he expected to be back this season
  • his initial Achilles problem
  • the story of his injury setbacks
  • whether he has plans to join Twitter
  • how Arsenal's defence has fared without him
  • Laurent Koscielny's first season in the Premier League
  • what he has learnt from watching in the stands
  • his return with the Reserves at Old Trafford
  • plans for the summer

Subscribers can now watch this interview ‘on demand’.

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