Arsenal to offer Laurent Koscielny bumper new contract

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to continue with a plan to offer key players new long-term deals by handing Laurent Koscielny a bumper pay rise this summer, according to The Telegraph.

The Gunners have made a concerted effort to tie down their top stars over the last few weeks, with Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky the first to commit their futures with fresh terms.

Yesterday Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and starlet Gedion Zelalem followed suit, all penning improved contracts as Wenger looks to build for the future and ensure stability is a key theme at the Emirates moving forward.

Ramsey in particular has earned a bumper pay rise and Arsenal want to reward Koscielny for his outstanding recent form with something similar, after a fine campaign at the heart of a vastly-improved Gunners backline.

The 28-year-old is already under contract at the Emirates until 2017, but Arsenal feel the centre-back deserves recognition for his part in a fantastic defensive partnership alongside Mertesacker, with a new deal imminent.

Bayern Munich and Barcelona have both been linked with the pacy defender in the past, although speculation has firmly died down this season thanks to Arsenal emerging as a contender for silverware on multiple fronts.

Arsenal fans will hope that a flurry of promising contract news will lead to Wenger himself finally ending speculation over his future, with the Gunners boss out of contract this summer despite repeatedly assuring fans he remains committed to the club.

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