By Nick Teale

Arsène Wenger is so impressed with the centre-half partnership established between William Gallas and Thomas Vermaelen that he will consider handing the Frenchman a new contract at the end of the year.

Gallas, 32, endured some tough moments last term, including being relinquished of the captaincy. But the experienced defender has bounced back with some solid performances at the start of this season.

Apart from Mikael Silvestre, who was born eight days earlier, the former Chelsea player is the oldest player in the Arsenal squad but that will not stop Wenger looking to the future at the turn of the year if his form continues.

"I will assess that in December," said Wenger before the weekend's game. "But they both look comfortable together, Thomas and William.

"It's like you have a guy who scores many goals and the guy who provides the assists. It's always difficult to know who makes the other one good."

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