Skipper Vermaelen reveals how the players feel about the manager.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has still not decided his future at the club, but captain Thomas Vermaelen says the players want the Frenchman to stay for years.
“Everybody wants him to stay as long as he can. He’s been incredible what he’s done for this club, and for the players as well. We would be really happy for him signing on for a few more years,” the Belgian was quoted by the Mirror.
Vermaelen has actually spent much of this season out of the starting XI – despite being the skipper – due to the success of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in central defence.
Yet even the 28-year-old, for whom it would be understandable if he wanted Wenger to leave, is a huge admirer of the 64-year-old.
The boss’ current contract at the Emirates Stadium expires in the summer and as yet no decision has been made over whether he will stay or not.
With it approaching nine years since a trophy was won under Wenger and the Gunners seemingly out of the Premier League title race, some think it is time for a change.
However, with the team having qualified for the Champions League every year since the French coach took over in 1996 it has been a successful period.
It could very realistically be the year that Wenger ends that drought of silverware as well as the club are one of only two top flight sides (along with Hull City) left in the FA Cup.
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