It has been reported that Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker is full of praise for teammate Thomas Vermaelen.
The Belgium international centre back has found himself on the bench this season.
“Laurent Koscielny, Thomas and I force each other to new heights,” Mertesacker said.
“At this time, the preference is for Laurent and me, but I must say that Thomas is a role model for everyone.
“Not only because he is the captain, more so because of his way of communicating and dealing with such a situation.”