Center back who became the captain of Arsenal after first joining the team in 2009. He joined the Belgium national team in 2006.
He played in Ajax's youth system from age 15 to 18, before making his professional debut with the team in 2003.
He helped Ajax win the KNVB Cup in 2006 and 2007.
He was romantically linked to Polly Parsons in 2013.
He joined teammate Bacary Sagna on Arsenal in 2009.