Laurent Koscielny signs new long-term Arsenal contract

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Arsenal have this afternoon confirmed that Laurent Koscielny has signed a new long-term contract that ends any lingering speculation over the French international's future, the latest star to pledge his future to helping the Gunners fight for trophies next season and beyond.

Koscielny has rather outrageously been linked with Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea over the last few weeks, but today's announcement means Arsenal have the solid central defensive partnership also featuring Per Mertesacker to build on moving forward.

The 28-year-old has now been at the heart of Arsenal's defence across four seasons and more than proven his worth as a leading Premier League enforcer, a stance that has strengthened considerably thanks to a settled run alongside Mertesacker over the last 18 months.

After signing a fresh deal believed to run until 2019 the centre-back told Arsenal's official website: "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.”

Despite a continued impasse over his own future Wenger has worked hard to make sure the spine of his improving side are going nowhere fast, with Koscielny joining Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, Mertesacker, Tomas Rosicky and Wojciech Szczesny in putting pen to paper on fresh terms.

The challenge now for Wenger, once his own future is guaranteed, is to go out and find stars to strengthen the squad even further and ensure Arsenal are well equipped to ensure any potential title challenge doesn't dissipate next season.

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