Video: It was always my intention to stay at Arsenal – Vermaelen

Belgium international defender puts pen to paper on a new long-term contract at The Emirates

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has committed his future to Arsenal by signing a “long-term” contract extension at The Emirates.

The Belgian centre-half, who is currently sidelined after undergoing surgery on his left ankle last month, says he is thrilled to have put pen to paper on a new deal, which is believed to run until 2015.

“I always had the intention to stay here,” he said. “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.”

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger added: “Our plan is always to sign top quality players and with Thomas extending his contract, we have done just that.

“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.”

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