French international Laurent Koscielny
has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal, the Premier
League club announced on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old has become a defensive mainstay for manager
Arsene Wenger and strong performances in the English top-flight
earned him four caps for France including a trip to Euro 2012.
"Laurent has been outstanding for us over the last two
seasons," Wenger told the club's website.
"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 ensured Arsenal gained qualification in to the
2012/13 Champions League when he scored the winner against West
Bromwich Albion on the final day of the season.
He said he was delighted with the contract extension and was
looking toward a bright future with the Gunners.
"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," said Koscielny.
The centre-back joined Arsenal from FC Lorient in 2010 and
after an injury interrupted start has gone on to make a total of
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