Vermaelen makes reserves return
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Defender Thomas Vermaelen returned to action with Arsenal's reserves in last night's goalless draw at Old Trafford.

It was his first appearance since the end of August after a niggling Achilles problem suffered on international duty.

The Belgian centre-back has been sorely missed, and now feels ready to help the team in their closing fixtures.

"I'm fit at the moment, I feel great and, in training, I don't feel any problems. So physically I feel good," Vermaelen told the club's website.

"It's up to the boss, he makes the decisions. I'm available at the moment so I hope I will be back in the squad soon and that is my target."

Vermaelen added: "It's always good to be back on the pitch and your first game after a long injury is always special. It's been a hard time, a difficult time and I'm happy to be back now."