Vermaelen hails fantastic Fabregas

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen paid tribute to Cesc Fabregas

after the Spanish star inspired the Gunners to a 3-0 win over Aston

Villa.

Fabregas was on the Emirates Stadium pitch for 28 minutes on

Sunday as a substitute after recovering from a hamstring injury and

he scored twice before being replaced by Aaron Ramsey.

Vermaelen said of Fabregas: “He was great. He had an injury

and he did everything to make this game. He’s a fantastic player.

“We didn’t create as many chances and when he came on he gave

us more opportunities to score,” Vermaelen added after the Premier

League match on Sky Sports 1.

Fabregas put Arsenal ahead with a free-kick after 65 minutes

which he curled over the wall and out of the reach of Brad Friedel.

The Spaniard settled the contest with 10 minutes to go when

he finished off a Gunners breakaway as he slotted the ball past

Friedel after Theo Walcott had set him up from Armand Traore’s long

ball.

But the midfielder was withdrawn with six minutes left after

appearing to pick up an injury as he scored his second goal.

Abou Diaby wrapped it up in injury-time when he ran at the

Villa defence and curled a shot low into the corner from the edge

of the area.

Vermaelen felt Arsenal deserved to win after being held by

Villa in an even first half. He said: “We had a good game and I

think we deserved to win. It’s a good result for us. “Aston Villa

became tired in the second half and you see the result. We defended

well today as a team.”