Arsenal handed boost as key trio commit to new dealsPublished January 12, 2017
Arsenal have been boosted by the news that first-team trio Laurent Koscienly, Francis Coquelin and Olivier Giroud have signed new, long-term deals to keep them at the club.
In an official announcement on Thursday morning, the Gunners confirmed that the French trio would be extending their current deals at the Emirates Stadium, with club captain Koscielny, in particular, likely to now finish his career with the north Londoners.
The 31-year-old had been the subject of summer interest from Bayern Munich, but his extension provides Arsenal with a major positive as they aim to get back on track following a mini-slump during the festive period.
Giroud, meanwhile, is understood to have agreed to the new deal following assurances over game-time. The ex-Montpellier man started the campaign on the bench as Alexis Sanchez impressed in the lone frontman role but has fought his way back into the starting lineup in recent weeks. Important goals in each of his last four appearances, including winners against West Brom and Preston and a last-minute equaliser away to Bournemouth, have outlined his importance to Wenger’s side, and his reward has been improved terms.
Fellow Frenchman, Coquelin, is the final player to commit his future to Arsenal, with the aggressive defensive midfielder now a key component in midfield after a series of loan spells. He has made 131 senior appearances since joining from Stade Lavallois in 2008.
And following the announcement, manager Wenger signalled his happiness at securing the trio on extended contracts.
He said: “We are very pleased that three important members of our team have committed to us for the long term. Francis has made tremendous technical strides over the past few years because he’s so focused every day.
“Olivier has big experience in the game now and has become a more and more complete player since joining us. Laurent is of course a key part of our squad and I believe one of the best defenders in the world today. So overall, this is great news for us.”
Arsenal remain keen on tying star duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez down on extended deals, however, progress up to now has been slow.
The pair are believed to be demanding around £250,000 per week.