Arsenal made the announcement official via Twitter:
TEAM NEWS: Vermaelen available for selection, Sagna is back in full training but won't figure against Chelsea #AFCvCFC— Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) September 27, 2012
Vermaelen's return probably send Per Mertesacker to the bench, meaning Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny will reunite as the center back pairing that has performed admirably together.
As the leader and influential defender of the Gunners, this is certainly good news for Arsenal, which has a tough matchup ahead against the Blues.
Given his strong defensive skills, goal-scoring ability and leadership mentality, you can expect Vermaelen to have a huge impact on this game.
Is Thomas Vermaelen's return enough for Arsenal to overcome Chelsea?
He'll undoubtedly aid the Gunners' attempt to stop a potent Chelsea striking attack, which is a key to victory for Arsenal on Saturday.
Vermaelen's leadership skills and love for his team are not to be questioned, as evident in this ESPN article:
"I know people are criticising Arsenal, but our main target is to keep everybody fit. If we do that, I'm really confident our team is good enough to compete for everything," he said.
Vermaelen will put his skills to test when he faces compatriot Eden Hazard and Chelsea on Saturday at 7:45 a.m. ET.
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