Wenger: Arsenal eager to keep Vermaelen

Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger insists the club is not looking to offload Thomas Vermaelen this winter.

Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger insists the club is not looking to offload Thomas Vermaelen this winter.

The Belgian defender has been linked with a possible January departure as he remains out of the Gunners starting line-up but Wenger has made it clear that he is wanted at the Emirates Stadium.

"I have a high respect for his qualities and attitude and I am ready to extend his contract," he said.

"We want Thomas Vermaelen to be happy and have the number of games a player of his class deserves.

"At the moment we are all on board for something this season that is respectable. At the end of the season I can sit down with Thomas and see what he thinks about it."

 
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