By Randy Osae

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Thomas Vermaelen is an Arsenal player.

News that the Belgian defender has completed a move to Arsenal has been sensationally confirmed by the club after a reported fee of £10 million was coughed up for Vermaelen’s services.

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After penning a four-year contract at the club worth £55,000-a-week, the player will now join up with his teammates when pre-season training begins later this month.

The 23-year-old who was skipper for former club Ajax racked up 143 appearances for the Dutch club after been recruited from Belgian side KFC Germinal Beerschot at the age of 18.

Vermaelen is very accustomed to experience in top-level football and has been an established member of the Belgium national side’s mold since his debut in 2006.

Arsene Wenger was highly delighted to land this defensive boost to his squad.

“Thomas is a great signing for Arsenal Football Club, and we are all delighted that he is joining us. Thomas is a solid performer with good experience of Champions League and UEFA Cup football and is also a regular with the Belgium national team.

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