Arsenal defender signs new deal

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Updated: October 18, 2011

Arsenal have received a much needed boost with the new that Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

The 25-year-old joined Arsenal in 2009 from Ajax and made an immediate impact shoring up a shaky backline however injury meant he only played a handful of games last season.

The Defender is almost ready for a return to action and is but he is now on the road to recovery and is very much part of Arsenal’s long-term future.

“We are absolutely delighted that Thomas has signed a new long-term contract,” said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. “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 at Arsenal Football Club.”

Vermaelen 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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