Vermaelen pledges future to Arsenal

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has revealed he does not see himself ever wanting to leave the club, insisting he is happy to stay at the Emirates Stadium for the rest of his career, according to the Daily Mirror.

Vermaelen joined Arsenal in 2009 from Dutch side Ajax and was an instant hit, being named in the PFA Team of the Year for 2009-10 and was later appointed Arsenal vice-captain under Robin van Persie. And at a time when van Persie’s future is unclear, Vermaelen has moved to correct any speculation over his next step.

He said: “I will stay at Arsenal forever. There will be no transfer for me. I love London. I’ve got a house there, I’m happy there and I don’t see any reason to ever leave the club.

The Belgium international is expected to line up for his country against England at Wembley on Saturday, possibly against his club colleagues Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott. In the season just ended Vermaelen made 40 appearances for the Gunners, scoring six goals, and in his total Arsenal career to date, the 26-year-old has featured 92 times for Arsene Wenger’s side, finding the net on 14 occasions.

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