By Nick Teale
Thomas Vermaelen is excited about returning to Champions League action after making an impressive start to his Arsenal career in the "big circus" of the Premier League.
The centre back only joined the Club in June but has already witnessed the publicity around Eduardo's "diving" case, the aftermath of Emmanuel Adebayor's first match against Arsenal and 21 goals in four top-flight games so far.
"The Premier League is the biggest league in the world," said Vermaelen.
"What happens there, everybody is looking at, and sometimes, yes, it can be a big circus."
The Belgian returns to his homeland for Arsenal's opening Champions League Group H match with Standard Liege.
Vermaelen's former club Ajax failed to qualify for the competition last year and the 23-year-old is eagerly anticipating this season's competition.
"Last year Ajax missed the Champions League because we were not ready to play in it as a team," he said.

"We were young players and it was difficult. But you always want to play at the highest level."

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16 Sep 2009