Laurent Koscielny agrees new five-year Arsenal contract

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has snubbed interest from Chelsea, Manchester United and Bayern Munich to agree a new five-year contract at the Emirates and will sign that deal before leaving to prepare for the World Cup.

Koscielny's current terms with Arsenal already run until 2017 but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is desperate to tie down all his top stars to long-term deals, with the French international set to follow Per Mertesacker, Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey in earning a pay rise as reward for impressive recent form.

Le10 Sport reported this morning that negotiations between Koscielny and Arsenal chiefs have seen a deal reached quickly and the 28-year-old's new contract will be formally confirmed at the end of the season.

Arsenal fans will be delighted to learn they will now have Koscielny committed to their cause until 2019, effectively signing a two-year extension to make it categorically clear that interest from rival clubs is not welcome.

Koscielny's stock has definitely risen again this season thanks to a strong central defensive partnership with Per Mertesacker, one that has kept an eye-catching 16 clean sheets in the Premier League this season.

Wenger has seemingly managed to persuade another top star that Arsenal are equipped to challenge for top trophies over the next five years despite still not signing a new deal himself, although that stance is highly likely to change after the FA Cup final against Hull City at Wembley on May 17th.

If Arsenal time it right they could make a double announcement when the campaign closes, with the likes of Chelsea, United and Bayern now forced to search elsewhere for a new central defensive linchpin.

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