Arsenal are reportedly set to open contract talks with defensive stalwart Laurent Koscielny, according to reports in the Telegraph.
The 28 year old has become a vital part of the Gunners defence since joining from Lorient in 2010 and has forged an excellent partnership with Per Mertesacker over the last 18 months.
The report states that Arsenal are set to open talks with the centre-back over an improved contract which will see him commit his long-term future at the Emirates. He did sign an extension just under two years ago in July 2012 but with Wenger eager to keep the core of the squad together, it seems he is set for a hefty pay rise.
The Gunners confirmed yesterday that both Cazorla and Ramsey have agreed new deals, with the latter now one of the highest paid players at the club due to his stunning form prior to his injury at Christmas. With Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky also signing contract extensions earlier this month, the club have been working hard to secure the futures of our key players and it appears Koscielny is next on the hit-list.
The willingness of so many key players to agree new contracts suggests that Arsene Wenger may also be extending his own deal at some point, although he will most probably wait until the end of the season before announcing the news.
Koscielny has emerged as something of a surprise star at Arsenal. He arrived from Lorient without a big reputation and has transformed into an international-class centre-back. He has a magnificent knack of just being in the right place to snuff out any danger before it really emerges, something that is easy to miss unless you’re watching him closely.
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He is super aggressive and makes tackles that few other defenders would dare to make as well possessing bundles of speed, enabling him to close down attackers who wouldn’t otherwise be caught.
His partnership with Per Mertesacker has been rightly recognised as one of the best in the Premier League, if not Europe. It will be great if we can tie the Frenchman down to fresh terms and hopefully that will put an end to any talks of him possibly leaving this summer.
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