Arsene Wenger urged to sign new deal by Arsenal captain

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has the backing of the entire dressing room and should stay in charge for as long as he can, urging his boss to sign a new long-term contract as a matter of urgency.

Wenger is out of contract at the end of the season and has failed to dampen speculation over his future despite repeatedly stating that his commitment to Arsenal comes without compromise.

The Gunners are fighting to keep a promising campaign alive on two fronts, with success the FA Cup now viewed as absolutely integral to persuading Wenger that he is moving Arsenal forward and still capable of delivering success at the Emirates.

Vermaelen has largely had to deal with a peripheral role at the Emirates this season due to the central defensive partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, but despite making only 11 Premier League appearances so far this term the Gunners captain is adamant Wenger needs to stay beyond this summer.

He told The Mirror: “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.”

Arsenal have the pressing matter of a crunch Premier League clash with Everton this weekend before considering either their FA Cup campaign or Wenger's future, as the Toffees look to gatecrash the Champions League party by pinching fourth spot.

Wenger's justification for a lack of silverware over the last eight years has largely been built around qualifying for the Champions League without fail over the last 16 seasons, a run which will come under huge threat without a positive result at Goodison Park on Sunday.

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Thomas Vermaelen
Premier League

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