Good news : Arsenal Star Agrees New Long-Term Arsenal Deal
Laurent Koscielny has agreed a new deal at Arsenal that will keep him at the club until 2020, according to French newspaper L’Equipe.
The report claims the centre-back will sign the new deal in the coming days, possibly even before Wednesday’s Champions League clash with PSG.
Koscielny will be 35 when his contract expires meaning he will become the club’s longest-serving Frenchman, ahead of legends Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira, should he see out his new deal.
The France international turned 31 in September and his new long-term contract appears to represent a change in policy from Arsene Wenger.
The Gunners boss usually offers players over 30 only a one-year-deal but clearly has confidence in the centre-back who has emerged as one of the finest defenders in Europe.
The new contract also reportedly contains a significant pay rise that will put Koscielny just behind Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil among the highest-paid players at the Emirates.
The news makes it likely that Koscielny could well see out his career at Arsenal and he has previously admitted he wants to finish either in England or at his former club Lorient.
Koscielny committing his future to the Gunners is a huge boost for the club and Arsenal will be hoping Ozil and Sanchez can now follow in the footsteps of the defender and extend their contracts.