The Gunners are locked in a battle for Champions League qualification with north London rivals Tottenham, Chelsea and Newcastle.
With Arsene Wenger’s men currently in third place and in pole position to claim third, Vermaelen has stressed the importance of commanding the automatic qualification berth.
“That is what we play for, the battle for third place,” he told The Sun.
“That gives us direct qualification for the Champions League. That is very im...