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Football: Arsenal squad want Wenger to sign new contract, says skipper Vermaelen

Published on Mar 22, 2014 5:30 PM
 
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger walks off the pitch following their English Premier League soccer match defeat to Stoke City at the Britannia stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, central England on March 1, 2014. Arsenal's squad are keen for manager Arsene Wenger to sign a new contract with the English Premier League title chasers and lead them for many years to come, said captain Thomas Vermaelen. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Arsenal's squad are keen for manager Arsene Wenger to sign a new contract with the English Premier League title chasers and lead them for many years to come, said captain Thomas Vermaelen.

Wenger, 64, takes charge of Arsenal for the 1,000th time on Saturday when they travel to leaders Chelsea, as they bid to close the gap on Jose Mourinho's side to one point with a win.

The match could be the last time Wenger takes Arsenal to Stamford Bridge with his contract expiring at the end of the campaign, but Vermaelen said the squad were keen to continue working with the Frenchman.

"It's incredible - not a lot of managers do that nowadays because they come in and out, so for him to achieve 1,000 games is something unbelievable," the Belgium defender told Arsenal.com.

 
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