The Gunners announced Koscielny’s new agreement alongside the news Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin have also inked new deals:
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— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 12, 2017
Koscielny celebrated the deal on Twitter:
— Koscielny (@6_LKOSCIELNY) January 12, 2017
Laurent Koscielny has made 360 interceptions in the Premier League since 2013/14; more than any other player.
Vital player. pic.twitter.com/XYV83v5vhB
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 12, 2017
The 31-year-old moved to north London from Ligue 1 outfit Lorient for a fee of £9 million in 2010 and has gone on to make 273 appearances for manager Arsene Wenger’s side, per Transfermarkt.
Koscielny’s contract also means Wenger has tied down the services of his most consistent defensive force in recent years, who has struck up an encouraging partnership with 2016 signing Shkodran Mustafi in central defence.
As ESPN FC’s Mattias Karen noted, attention will now return to the Gunners’ biggest stars: