Thomas Vermaelen returned to the Arsenal side after an eight-month spell on the sidelines against Aston Villa on Sunday.

The Belgian central defender came through the 90 minutes unscathed but couldn’t prevent a 2-1 defeat in Arsenal’s final home fixture of the season.

After the game, Thomas spoke exclusively to TV Online.

He discussed:

  • his return from injury
  • a nightmare start to the game
  • the battle for third place
  • Arsenal's bad run of form
  • next weekend's trip to Fulham
  • the 'lap of appreciation'
  • too many dropped points at home this season

Subscribers can now watch this interview ‘on demand’.

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