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
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
But the midfielder was withdrawn with six minutes left after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.”