Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has committed his future to the Gunners by signing a new long term contract, the club have officially confirmed.
The French international has been in excellent form this season helping the Gunners to 15 clean sheets in his 31 Premier League appearances in 2013/14.
The defender, who had become a target for a number of top clubs across Europe due to his stellar displays over the past two years, is believed to have agreed a new five-year deal with a massive pay increase.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, Koscielny said:
I am very proud to have reached agreement with the Club on a new contract. I have enjoyed four great years at Arsenal already, and I look forward to continuing to help the team in the years to come.
The 28 year old, who arrived from Ligue 1 side Lorient in 2010 for £10 million, has become the eighth player from Arsene Wenger’s squad to sign a new contract in 2014.
Laurent has proven himself to be an outstanding player since joining us in 2010 and has showed his quality once again this season. I am delighted he has decided to commit his future to the Club.
When Arsenal signed him few years back he was seen as a liability by some of the fans, but the Frenchman has blossomed into a fan favourite relatively quickly. He’s grown into one of the better defenders in Europe and his partnership with Per Mertesacker is arguably the most trustworthy the Gunners has had since Sol Campbell and Kolo Toure marshalled the Invincibles back line.
Hopefully his compatriot Bacary Sagna will also commit his future to the club, but with Sagna most likely on the way out, it was crucial for the club to extend Koscielny’s contract to maintain defensive stability.
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