Arsenal’s Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen has said that he is looking to repay the faith Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has had him in to sign him for the Premier league club. Thomas Vermaelen has been one of the best defenders for Arsenal ever since arriving at the club a few seasons ago.

Despite the lack of height, the Belgian defender has been able to compensate by some excellent defending. Now, he has said that he wants to stay with Arsenal for the rest of his career, and is also in debt to Arsene Wenger for allowing him the chance to play in one of the best leagues in the world.

Thomas Vermaelen was a £ 7.5 million signing from Dutch club Ajax. He was initially expected to be the backup for William Gallas, who was ageing. However, he not only managed to play alongside William Gallas, but is also proving to be more than suitable replacement for the Frenchman.

He recently extended his contract up until 2015, and is one of the important players at the club. He has also said that he feels that Arsenal should be considered as one of the top clubs in Europe, despite the fact that they have not won the Champions League.

Vermaelen also said that he would one day like to lift the Champions League with Arsenal. “I am fit again and I love my life at Arsenal. 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. I have no intention of leaving this club,” he said.

He also said that he would love to win the FA Cup – the worlds oldest trophy – but Arsenal’s chances of doing that any time soon aren’t gret, according to the latest fa cup odds.

“I feel at home in ­London and I feel that I have become a real Gunner,” said Thomas Vermaelen following the 0-0 draw with Chelsea.