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Thomas Vermaelen wants to line up for Belgium against England on Saturday

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Arsenal star Thomas Vermaelen is looking to overcome a groin injury and be fit to play in Belgium’s friendly against England at Wembley on Saturday.

The Gunners defender is a doubt for the clash with the problem but he is determined to play his part.

“I’ve been struggling for a few weeks now with my groin,” Vermaelen told Sky Sports News.

“Of course, it’s a friendly game, but it’s a big game for us against England at Wembley.

“Everybody wants to play in that game and I’m doing everything to get fit to play in that game.”

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Arsenal

Nickname: The Gunners.

Ground: Emirates Stadium (capacity 60,361).

Founded: 1886.

Honours: First Division (until 1992) and Premier League: 1931, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1938, 1948, 1953, 1971, 1989, 1991, 1998, 2002, 2004.

FA Cup: 1930, 1936, 1950, 1971, 1989, 1991, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005.

League Cup: 1987, 1993.

Fairs Cup: 1970.

Cup Winners’ Cup: 1994.

Leading goalscorer: Thierry Henry, 228.

Leading appearances: David O’Leary, 722.