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Vermaelen Shows Van Persie How To Be A ‘Real Gunner’

Thomas Vermaelen has given Arsenal a boost by declaring his love for the club and insisting he will remain at the Emirates to repay manager Arsene Wenger.

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Thomas Vermaelen has given Arsenal a boost by declaring his love for the club and insisting he will remain at the Emirates to repay the faith manager Arsene Wenger has shown in him.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Vermaelen paid tribute to Wenger and his management style, saying the loyal Frenchman persuaded the Arsenal board to extend his contract until 2015, despite the defender being dogged by two serious injuries in recent seasons. The Belgian centre back told the 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.”

“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.”

The ‘Verminator’ went on to commit his long-term future to the club, saying he has become a ‘real Gunner’, with the former Ajax captain revealing he has fulfilled a dream by playing for Arsenal. He continued:

“I have no intention of leaving this club,” he said. “I feel at home in ­London and I feel that I have become a real Gunner. Arsenal is my club. In my eyes, they belong to the absolute elite of European top clubs.

“We are going for the Champions League again and this team can grow further.

“When I was young, I dreamed of playing for Ajax and Arsenal. Both dreams have come true.” Vermaelen told the Mirror

It’s great to see Vermaelen saying such positive words during a time when Arsenal fans are worrying over the future of several players. At least we know one key player will still be at the Emirates next season, and should the worst happen and Van Persie leave in the summer, TV5 would get my vote as the next captain.

But the question is, should Van Persie follow Vermaelen’s lead and also repay the faith Arsene Wenger has shown in him by committing his future to the club? Let’s not forget, this is RVP’s first full season after years of injury problems. Get involved in the comments section below…



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  2. Akingbodi dammy

    April 23, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I want arsenal nt 2 sell R V P

  3. dom

    April 23, 2012 at 11:21 am

    i wouldnt go as far as saying that tv5 is more of a gunner than rvp, trust me he will be staying i have no doubt.

  4. Time up AW

    April 23, 2012 at 11:22 am

    this is a loaded question. What RVP is doing by questioning the ambition of this shamefully managed club will have a positive effect on raising the awareness of fans. I hope RVP sticks to his guns and forces the management to invest in new quality players. Why should he play with duds that collectively will only ever aspire to 4th place with no hope of winning anything?

  5. Olubodun oluwaseun

    April 23, 2012 at 11:34 am

    If rvp decided 2 go let him go odas wil mak tins happen wit additionals lik poldoski m’villa n verto d big boy wil we b a successful com nxt season.

  6. Ken

    April 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    TV5 & RVP will all play 2getha next season

  7. Pius G. Chomo

    April 23, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Great to hear such positiveness in some of our key players. Truth be told, Wenger has always endured with all of his afflicted players whenever they were down with injuries – whether innocuous or serious. Non more so than Van Persie who has had to endure long lay-offs with injuries.

    Like we all know, Van Persie is enjoying only his first full season (in his many years with Arsenal) showcasing his dexterity in the round leather game. Some other bosses would have placed less faith in him and thrown him out long, long ago. But no, not Arsene.

    It therefore behoves on Van Persie to repay Wenger’s trust and magnanimty by sticking with Arsenal at this most trying times. Yes, football is pure business – more so (as it has become) for the players. But even in business, there is honor. And there is no greater demonstration of honor than repaying good for good, faith for faith. Honor is sweeter when, in demonstrating it, one sacrifices certain rights and privileges. In the case of our talismanic RVP, it is higher sign-on fees and their accompaniments.

    I bet Van Persie would have sealed his place as one of the very true legends of Arsenal Football Club, if he did what every true gunner would love him to do – follow the way of the Verminator and commit his future to Arsenal.

  8. Flintstone

    April 23, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    RVP does his bit of true loyalty with his actions on the pitch,not only JUST with words. He also stated long,long ago and repeatedly his love for Arsenal. That he was injured more often was NEVER his doing,so why lay it unfairly on him as leverage? Disgusting to think that he is being thought of as a pawn because of his injury is beyond belief. Must be the same crowd who ranted to boot him out when he was injured. Fact is most professional players,team managers,media and true fans,except some of our own,have acknowledged his contribution. Be proud to have him instead of using low life verbosity to demean him. He has a good reason to engage contractual talk after the season,and he will stay at Arsenal,his beloved club. Have some positive thoughts for the captain and respect.

  9. Tayo Akinbaye

    April 24, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Honestly, I’m not in support of forcing a player to remain in a club if he does not want to stay.Such a player will not be committed. If RVP wants to leave Arsenal he should be allowed to go. Agreed, this is his best season. The club has been so good to him; anyway, I have a belief that he’ll stay.

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