Despite missing out on a period of games during the first half of the season, Vermaelen has now made a successful return into the Arsenal first team, resuming his central-defensive partnership with team-mate Koscielny. The Belgian has nothing but high praise for his fellow defender, and he is not surprised by the impressive performances put on by Koscielny in recent weeks.
"He has done amazing this season, I don't understand why a lot of criticism was there in the first season." Vermaelen shared with the club's official website.
"The first week I saw him you could tell he was a great player and now it is all coming out in his second season. I am really happy for him."
With full-backs Bacary Sagna, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs and Andre Santos taking turns on the injury list at one point, Vermaelen was forced to play at an unfamiliar left-back for a certain period of time. Now that his team-mates have recovered, the former Ajax player is relieved to move back to his preferred berth in the centre of defence.
He believes the club has benefitted from his blossoming understanding with Koscielny, and Vermaelen hopes for the pairing to be a calming influence from the back.
"In the last couple of months we have played together a lot of times and I am pleased with that, he is a great player. I think we know each other's qualities so at the moment it is going well. He is good all round. He is quick, strong and good with the ball," he stated.
"We want to play from the back of course, that is how we always want to play. He is really good in that as well so that always gives you more confidence at the back."
Arsenal visit Stoke City for their Premier League game this Saturday.