By Nick Ames

Thomas Vermaelen saw positives and negatives in Arsenal’s recent draws at Aston Villa and Everton.

The Gunners captain was disappointed not to come away from either game with a win - but feels that it may be some time before the true value of those two points is known.

“Having come away from Aston Villa with a point, in a game I think we should have won, we wanted the win against Everton," Vermaelen told the Official Matchday Programme. We have the quality to beat anybody, so a point at Goodison Park was a bit disappointing.

"But when you go to Everton you always expect a tough physical battle, and a hard game in general - Manchester United lost there earlier in the season so it’s never going to be easy.

“Everton had a few chances, but I felt we dominated the game in spells. We were sloppy in dangerous areas at times, and that’s how they scored their goal - that’s a shame, because at 1-0 it seemed we had things under control.

"It was hard to know how to feel at full time; I thought three points were possible, but it might look like a good result in a few weeks’ time.”

Regardless of that, a win against Swansea City would be a big boost as the team embarks upon a busy December schedule. Vermaelen respects the Welsh side’s pedigree, but is confident that the Gunners can do the job.

“Swansea will be strong opponents - I watched their game against Liverpool last weekend and they impressed me,” he said.

“Their manager Michael Laudrup was, of course, a legendary player and spent time with my old club, Ajax, towards the end of his career. He has done well as a manager too, particularly with Getafe in Spain, and his Swansea team is now looking very good. We’re in for a big test, but if we work as hard as we always do then we can win.”

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30 Nov 2012