Vermaelen tips Arsenal for success

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Thomas Vermaelen is convinced he has joined a club going places after becoming Arsenal's first signing of the summer.

The Belgian international defender, 23, has signed a long-term contract with the Gunners after agreeing what was reported to be a £10million move from Ajax.

"Everything is set up for Arsenal to be very successful for years to come and I joined this club because I know Arsenal will be challenging for trophies," Vermaelen said in an interview with

Manager Arsene Wenger has moved quickly to strengthen a squad which was often exploited at the back last season, when Arsenal eventually recovered some consistency to finish in fourth place.

The Gunners face a play-off to reach the group stages of the Champions League, but Vermaelen is in no doubt of just what his new club - who were knocked out at the semi-final stage of both the FA Cup and in Europe - can achieve.

"Arsenal are a great club with a world class manager, high quality players and a fantastic stadium," added Vermaelen.

"I have had a good taste of the Champions League during my time with Ajax and this is something I am looking forward to experiencing again with Arsenal."

Vermaelen, who captained Ajax last season and played against the Gunners in the 2005/2006 European campaign, added: "I am also looking forward to playing in the English Premier League, which for me, is the best league in the world.

"I just want to assure the Arsenal fans that I will give everything for this club and I hope we can enjoy winning some trophies together next season."

Wenger was keen to add to his defensive options, which were depleted somewhat towards the end of the campaign by injury to veteran William Gallas, who could now be allowed to leave Emirates Stadium.

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