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Wednesday 16 November 2011

Vermaelen signs new Arsenal contract

Belgian international defender delighted to commit his future to Gunners

Thomas Vermaelen has agreed a new five-year contract at the Emirates Stadium

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has signed a new long-term contract with the Club.

The Belgium international played a key part in Arsenal's backline in his first season at the Club after joining in the summer of 2009 from Ajax.

The 25-year-old made more appearances than any other Gunners player in the 2009/10 season and was named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Season after a campaign in which he made 33 Barclays Premier League appearances and weighed in with seven League goals.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: "We are absolutely delighted that Thomas has signed a new long-term contract. 

"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, who is now closing in on a return to full fitness after an ankle injury, 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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Key Points

  • Vermaelen joined Club in summer of 2009
  • Named in PFA team of the season in first year
  • Close to first-team return after ankle injury