Vermaelen signs new deal, Vermaelen has signed a new long-term contract with the club, the Gunners have confirmed.
The Belgium international, who has endured an injury-ravaged two-and-a-half years with the club since joining from Ajax in the summer of 2009, is understood to have agreed to stay at the Emirates Stadium until 2015.
Vermaelen enjoyed a memorable first season with Arsenal, weighing in with eight goals on his way to earning a place in the Professional Footballers' Association Team of the Season.
However, an Achilles injury suffered while away with Belgium would eventually sideline him for the majority of last season, with further treatment meaning he has yet to figure during this campaign. But, with full fitness now approaching, the 25-year-old is pleased to have secured his future.
"I'm really happy to have signed a new contract with Arsenal. I always had the intention to stay here. I feel there is a big belief in me from the club, from the boss and from the fans and that is one of the reasons why I stayed," he told the club's website.
"Arsenal is a fantastic club. We have great supporters, we're doing well financially and we're playing with some quality young players now and they'll develop, which is very good for the future."
Manager Arsene Wenger was equally thrilled with the news, adding: "we're absolutely delighted that Thomas has signed a new long-term contract.
"Our plan is always to sign top-quality players and with Thomas extending his contract, we have done just that. Thomas is a special player, who has always made a huge contribution on the pitch and we're looking forward to him being a part of our future at Arsenal Football Club."