Thomas Vermaelen has paid tribute to Arsene Wenger for the loyalty he’s shown him during his injury absences and says that playing for the club is a dream come true.
The Belgian missed most of the last season with an Achilles problem which turned out to be a genetic defect that subsequently needed to be corrected in his other ankle. But despite missing so much time, Arsene Wenger made sure Vermaelen’s future at Arsenal was secured.
““I have never known a manager so loyal to his players,” he said in the Sunday Mirror. “He shows immense trust and has shown incredible loyalty towards me.
“I was sidelined for a long time with two nasty injuries. But it was under the orders of the manager that the board gave me a new contract until 2015. I can’t describe the joy that gave me. I am fit again and I love my life at Arsenal.”
After a rotten start to the season third place is in our hands and Vermaelen insists he wants to be around to make progress in seasons to come.
“I have no intention of leaving this club,” he said. “I feel at home in London and I feel that I have become a real Gunner. Arsenal is my club. In my eyes, they belong to the absolute elite of European top clubs.
“We are going for the Champions League again and this team can grow further. When I was young, I dreamed of playing for Ajax and Arsenal. Both dreams have come true.”