Laurent Koscielny reiterates his love for Arsenal

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has once again reiterated his desire to stay at the Emirates Stadium despite ongoing speculation linking him with a move away from the club.

Koscielny was one of Arsenal's star men in the final months of last season and scored the winner against Newcastle United on the final day of the season, which was enough to see them secure fourth place above Tottenham Hotspur.

His superb performances haven't gone unnoticed either as European giants Bayern Munich and Barcelona are both heavily linked with making a move for the Frenchman.

It was reported that the Spanish side are prepared to bid up to £9.5million for the 27-year-old, but it is understood that Arsene Wenger doesn't want to sell his number one centre-back and the player himself doesn't want to leave the club either.

Koscielny developed a great partnership with German Per Mertesacker in the final 10 games of last season which saw them keep captain Thomas Vermaelen out of the starting line-up.

During those 10 games, Arsenal won eight and drew two and only conceded four goals.

After hearing about the continuous speculation about him moving away from Arsenal, Koscielny revealed that he is very happy at Arsenal and has a long contract which he wants to respect.

The Frenchman then went on to praise the club's ethos and praised the fact that they are in a healthy financial position, unlike many top European clubs.

"I feel very well at Arsenal. I am aware it’s a great club and I have a four-year contract," he told reporters.

"I know there’s talk about me and Barcelona and Bayern, but people make their own conclusions.

"The facts are simple: I have a contract at a club where I am happy. Full stop. We all know how situations change in football but I repeat that I’m not one to make castles in the sky.

"I live in the moment, I seek nothing but to play the best I can.

"In my mind my goal is to win trophies with Arsenal with whom I’m about to start pre-season training.

"I’ve no ulterior motives. I’m at a healthy club, which plays beautiful football, has no debts, sticks to its own budget and plays in the Champions League. Not many players can say the same."


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