By Joe Brewin

Thomas Vermaelen believes Arsenal’s first-team squad is shaping up nicely ahead of the new season.

Arsène Wenger has already made three major summer signings, bringing Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla to Emirates Stadium.

Vermaelen is pleased with the progress the team have made during pre-season and is confident they can hit the ground running.

“The squad looks strong,” he told Arsenal Player “There are not a lot of injuries at the moment, apart from Bacary [Sagna] and Jack [Wilshere] - for the rest it looks good.

"Everyone looks fit and sharp and it is good that we have so many new players as well.

“At the beginning of last season I was injured with the same problem I had before. For the rest of the season I played quite a lot of games so I was quite pleased with that, but of course I want to do better this year. I want to perform better as well.”

Spain international Cazorla joined up with his new team-mates at their German training camp on Monday and he, together with young winger Serge Gnabry, have impressed Vermaelen.

“Cazorla has trained two or three times and he fits in really well with the Arsenal philosophy and how we want to play,” said Vermaelen. “He is a great signing.

“This is the first time I have seen Serge, but you can see he is really quick, good with the ball and a really talented player.”

You can watch the full interview with Thomas on Arsenal Player now.

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