By Chris Harris
Thomas Vermaelen insists Arsenal can take plenty of positives from their first two Premier League matches.
Arsène Wenger's side had the upper hand against Sunderland and Stoke City but had to settle for 0-0 draws on both occasions. Their next fixture is another tough one - Liverpool away.
Goals may have been hard to come by but new captain Vermaelen has helped his team start the campaign with two clean sheets and he feels under no extra pressure ahead of Sunday's trip to Anfield.
"There is always pressure to win a game at Arsenal because we want to win every one," said Vermaelen. "But you have to look at the positives as well: our shape is really good and we haven't conceded any goals in two games.
"That is not easy, especially at a place like Stoke, so we have to keep on working and in the end the results with come. I think the team will get stronger and stronger every game now.
"It is always difficult to go to Stoke but we fought again and have kept another clean sheet. That is good but normally our strengths are scoring goals. On Sunday we had enough chances to score a goal and in the end I think we deserved it. That is why the draw is a little bit disappointing."
Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski gave encouraging displays at the Britannia Stadium and Vermaelen is confident they will thrive in English football.
"The new signings are working hard but coming to England is not easy and you have to adapt," he said. "That is especially true when your second game is away at Stoke.
"But I am really pleased with them, they are three good signings and they are working hard to get fitter and stronger."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source