Arsenal have had to watch many of their top talents slip through their fingers in recent years - but they look like ensuring another one will not be going the same way.
Central defender Laurent Koscielny has been in top form for the club this season. In fact, he has been one of the club’s most consistent performers over the past couple of seasons.
But his form attracted suitors. He has been linked with Manchester City, Barcelona and most recently Bayern Munich. His technically gifted style of defending as well as his physical prowess have made him one of the world’s most coveted modern defenders.
Arsenal clearly know this - as finally they have got him to sign the dotted line of a deal that has been in the works for a couple of months now.
The deal’s length has not been disclosed - but it is described as ‘long term’. Speaking of the deal Arsene Wenger did not hide his happiness at cementing the future of his top defender:
“Laurent has proven himself to be an outstanding player since joining us in 2010 and has showed his quality once again this season. I am delighted he has decided to commit his future to the Club.”
Meanwhile Koscielny has also made his thoughts on securing his long-term future at the club clear - telling Arsenal.com:
“I am very proud to have reached agreement with the Club on a new contract. I have enjoyed four great years at Arsenal already, and I look forward to continuing to help the team in the years to come.”
And of course they are not the only two associated with Arsenal on top of the world with this news.
Plenty of Arsenal fans are delighted that Kos will be seemingly sticking around for a while - despite the overtures of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Here is a selection of Tweets reacting to the news this evening:
So happy Koscielny has signed a new contract. Such a class defender. #KosDaBoss— Ben Whitham (@BennWhitham11) May 9, 2014
Good news for Arsenal fans with Koscielny signing a new deal. Been impressive the past 2 years.— Dan Tyler (@dantyler90) May 9, 2014
I'll admit, I supported Koscielny from the start because he was a Wenger signing. But he's justified it all the way. He is a major badass.— Garden State Gooners (@GardenStGooners) May 9, 2014
Bruv!! Koscielny signed a new contract!!!!— Man Like Johnson (@David_Ajao) May 9, 2014
Koscielny knows what loyalty is and i love him more for that. Delighted that he signed a new contract. You rock lad— Chineze (Mrs Walcott (@Amchizzy) May 9, 2014
Koscielny signs new Arsenal deal.. Great news!— Danny (@goonerbayor) May 9, 2014
Koscielny signs a new contract. What a legend!— Dan Green (@dan_a_geek) May 9, 2014
So glad to hear Laurent Koscielny has signed a deal most underrated centre in the league. Well deserved.— Dylan Glass (@GLASSARSENAL11) May 9, 2014