Thomas Vermaelen believes that Arsenal have a bright future ahead if Arsene Wenger can keep the current squad together.
Accepting that continuity in football is tough to come by in this era of money-grabbing agents, huge pay packets and billionaire owners the Belgian stressed his hope that he and his teammates can continue to progress.
Speaking to Arsenal Player as he nurses a calf strain which will keep him sidelined for two weeks, the centre-back remarked:
“If you can stick together for a long time as a group, then you can grow and get better and better, which you have seen over the past few weeks and months. If you can do that for the next few years, that would only be good.
“Nowadays in football it is not easy to keep a group together and be with the same players for the next few years, but I hope we can manage that.”
The Verminator has certainly set a fine example to the likes of Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie by signing a new long-term deal at the club. Let’s hope his icy stare penetrates the hearts and minds of any other players dilly-dallying over their future.
Looks like it worked on Le Coq…