Report: Key Arsenal defender to sign new long-term contract

Laurent Koscielny could well be ready to extend his stay at the Emirates Stadium if a report in France is to be believed.

With Arsenal finishing in fourth place this season in the Premier League and qualifying for the Champions League again, Arsene Wenger will be keen to improve his squad this summer.

Although new players coming to the North London club will be the priority, it is essential that the Gunners hold onto their main stars this summer.

Laurent Koscielny has formed a solid pairing at centre-half with Per Mertesacker, which has become the rock on which the Arsenal side is based.

However, the France international has been linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent days, sparking fear in Arsenal fans that they could lose a key man this summer.

The news from Koscielny’s homeland is potentially positive though, with claiming that the defender has penned a new deal that will keep him at the club until 2019.

Arsenal have sold key men in recent off-seasons and look set to lose out-of-contract Bacary Sagna this summer.

However, the North London club have been extending a number of key players’ contracts over the last six months – with Koscielny potentially set to follow suit.

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