The Belgium international is grateful for the way Wenger kept faith in him while he was recovering from injury and even persuaded the Arsenal hierarchy to give him a new contract.
Vermaelen told the Sunday 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.”
And Vermaelen made it clear how much he is enjoying his football at the club he joined from Ajax for £7.5million three years ago.
“I am fit again and I love my life at Arsenal,” he said. “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.”