Arsenal have announced that occasional central defender Thomas Vermaelen has signed a new long-term deal with the club.
There had been speculation in the media over his future as he, like Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott, had less than two years left on his previous deal. However, the Belgian has committed himself to the Arsenal and will hopefully be the first of many to do the same.
“I am really happy to have signed a new contract with Arsenal”, he said. “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”.
Manager Arsene Wenger is happy with the news, probably because a player out injured signing a new deal is like two new signings, and he said, “We are absolutely delighted that Thomas has signed a new long-term contract. 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”.
Vermaelen is expected to return from injury at the end of this month and may be in contention to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.