Gunners gaffer deals Verm in

BY foxsports • October 18, 2011

The 25-year-old Belgian international joined Arsenal in 2009 from Ajax and he emerged as one of the Premier League's top defenders. Last year injury meant he only played a handful of games, but he is now on the road to recovery and is very much part of Arsenal's long-term future. "We are absolutely delighted that Thomas has signed a new long-term contract," said Wenger. "Our plan is always to sign top quality players and with Thomas extending his contract, we have done just that. "Thomas is a special player, who has always made a huge contribution on the pitch and we are looking forward to him being a part of our future at Arsenal Football Club." Vermaelen said: "I am really happy to have signed a new contract with Arsenal. I always had the intention to stay here. "I feel there is a big belief in me from the club, from the boss and from the fans and that is one of the reasons why I stayed. "Arsenal is a fantastic club. We have great supporters, we're doing well financially and we are playing with some quality young players now and they will develop, which is very good for the future."

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