Frenchman’s contract at the Emirates expires this summer.
Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen says that he and his team-mates are desperate for under-pressure head coach Arsene Wenger “to stay as long as he can” at the north London club, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
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The experienced French trainer has been at the Gunners now since October 1996, making Wenger the longest-serving manager in the Premier League.
However, with the 64-year-old’s current deal set to expire at the end of the season and still no sign of Wenger agreeing a contract extension, speculation has been rife of late suggesting that this may be the veteran’s final campaign in charge at the Emirates.
But Belgium international Vermaelen wants his boss to remain in the capital: “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 spirit is unbelievable in the team. We’ve worked a lot on our team shape and everybody knows their role in the team, everybody’s working for each other and that’s because there is a great team spirit. That’s the great improvement for us this season.
“It is just the hunger in the team. Of course it was there before but the spirit is great and you can see us fighting for each other really hard.”