Arsenal have confirmed that Laurent Koscielny has penned a new long-term deal with the club.
It was rumoured last week that the French international was set to be rewarded for his development since joining from Lorient two years ago and although the official statement doesn’t go into details it’s fair to say the 26-year-old centre-back has secured himself a decent pay rise.
An integral part of the Gunners defensive unit, Koscielny’s understated, but determined performances have made him a true favourite with the Emirates crowd and seen him leapfrog teammates to becomes one of the first names on Arsene Wenger’s teamsheet.
Speaking warmly about the new deal signed by his compatriot, the boss highlighted Koscielny’s progress since moving to N5.
“Laurent has been outstanding for us over the last two seasons.
“When you consider that until 2009 he was playing in Ligue 2 in France and that he is now performing at the very top level in the Premier League and for his country, the development that he has shown has been absolutely exceptional.
“Laurent is a top-class player and I am very pleased he has decided to commit his future to the Club.”
Koscielny follows the lead of fellow centre-backs Thomas Vermaelen and Johan Djourou, each of whom have signed new contracts inside the last nine months, and was unsurprisingly excited:
“I’m delighted to have reached agreement with the Club. I have had a fantastic time here and look forward to an exciting future with Arsenal.”
Congratulations Laurent. More of the same please.