Thomas Vermaelen on a disappointing Fulham draw, describes conceded own goal
Written by Renzo on November 28, 2011 4:45
From zero to hero. It was a bizarre afternoon for Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen on Saturday as he was disappointed after the Fulham game.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, the Belgium International admitted that the players desperately wanted to win the game in front of their own fans to keep the positive run going adding that he has no explanation for the first conceded goal as he praised midfielder Theo Walcott when the Gunners scored with the Englishman delivering the perfect cross.
On fatigue, the 26-year old explained that it was indeed a tough week with the Norwich City and Borussia Dortmund games taking a lot out of the players but with the centre-back opting not to use fatigue, as an excuse.
On Saturday, the Belgian said:
It’s really disappointing [to drop two points at home], we wanted to win this game of course because we were in a good run and wanted to especially win at home.
We have a draw now and not really happy with that. It’s better than a defeat but still, speaking for myself, I’m quite disappointed because we wanted three points and we didn’t manage.
[The first goal?] No idea how that happened, I think it was Riise who wanted to shoot, I wanted to tackle it but unfortunately it went in.
[The second goal?] It was a good cross, a perfect cross and I think it was an easy header to score.
[Fatigue?] Yeah, it was a tough week, we had a few hard games, we had to work hard, it’s not easy to play a third game in a week and sometimes you could see that in the game.
Players were tired but that’s the way football is, it’s really a busy [period] but it’s not an excuse I think because we wanted the three points today.