Thomas Vermaelen has expressed his love for Arsenal and his admiration for Gunners manager Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman demonstrated his believe in the central defender during his long injury layoff’s.
The Belgian international was rewarded with a fresh contract when he was on the sidelines earlier this season, and ‘The Verminator’ is eager to repay his faith to his manager through expressing his loyalty to the north London side.
Vermaelen admits he ‘feels like a real Gunner’ and has become one of the most formidable defenders in the Premier League since his arrival from Ajax two seasons ago.
He told The Mirror:
I have never known a manager so loyal to his players. 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.
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I am fit again and I love my life at Arsenal. Arsene Wenger is a coach who really understands his players. In the most hectic of times, he gives us days off. We really love that. He knows when we need a rest.
I have no intention of leaving this club. 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.
I feel I have become a real Gunner.
The Belgian has been a massive asset to the Gunners side this season and has been vital in their rejuvenation. He is on track to becoming the most feared Premier League centreback, not only is he topping the defender’s goalscoring charts with 6 nettings but his no-nonsense approach, physicality and speed makes him a sensational all-round defender that Wenger has been craving for quite some time.
His commitment to the Gunners is exactly what we need with Van Persie’s long-term future at Arsenal still in doubt, Wenger’s men have many ingredients to become an all-conquering European side with Vermaelen a key leader and defensive enforcer. Next season ‘the Verminator’ should feature in the Premier League team of the year if he can stay injury-free and build on the fantastic partnership he is developing with Laurent Koscielny, and you never know he may even be joined with compatriot, close friend and former team mate Jan Vertonghen next season…