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Arsenal locks up Laurent Koscielny long term


With his contract set to expire in the summer of 2017, Arsenal has locked up yet another player.

A new deal for center-back Laurent Koscielny will keep him at the Emirates for the next five seasons.

The Frenchman played a part in 31 matches this year for the Gunners, scoring two goals and making up one half of a forceful Premier League center-back pairing.

Arsenal conceded 41 goals this season, fewer than all but three teams in the English top-flight.

However, 14 of those came without Koscielny on the pitch, meaning the Gunners averaged 48.6 minutes per goal with him out, while that number ballooned to 98.1 minutes per goal with him out on the field.

The 28-year-old came to Arsenal in 2010 following a breakout Ligue 1 season with Lorient. The French side cashed in, collecting $15 million for him after just securing his services from Ligue 2 the following summer for around $2 million.

Following the departure of Robin van Persie in the summer of 2012, the Gunners have done a fantastic job retaining its top talent. Koscielny becomes the eighth Gunner to extend his contract this season, following Santi Cazorla, his center-back partner Per Mertesacker, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky, Wojciech Szczesny, and youngsters Serge Gnabry and Gedion Zelalem.

With Koscielny’s signature, the future of captain Thomas Vermaelen is now very much in doubt.