Gunners look to extend Koscielny deal


As the summer madness continues with Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott both left with under 12 months on their current contracts, it seems the club are moving fast to ensure similar problems don’t recurr with players we really want to keep.

L’Equipe is reporting this morning that we’re in discussions with Laurent Koscielny about extending his deal – which expires in 2014 – for a further three years, bringing him to 2017.

It’s a sign not just of Arsenal’s desire to tie down important players, but also the progress that the French international has made since joining from Lorient in 2010. After a first season during which he struggled at times to adapt, culminating in the heartbreak of the Carling Cup final, Koscielny really blossomed in his second campaign and has realised much of the potential that Arsene Wenger saw in him.

He established himself as the first choice centre-half last season, making 42 appearances, and there isn’t an Arsenal fan who would argue he doesn’t deserve the new deal.

Fingers crossed discussions go well and this is a bit of good news to counter the abject misery elsewhere.

Allez, Laurent!


  1. Yeahhhh he’s the Bosscielny!!! So much so, I got his name on the back of my new home shirt. LOLO!

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  2. This would make me happy, I’ve always thought he had something about him, and he was excellent last season. 🙂

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    • There are a few players we are trying to offfload… We should make them all capt then man city will over pay for them and leave our starts alone.
      2 birds gents

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  3. I’m all for this. Let’s hope he signs for as long as possible.
    He’s a cracking player, and works his balls off for the team.

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  4. I think we should move to tie down Wilshere aswell, at least to make up for the year he’s missed. And Song too, he’s edging closer to the end of his contract.

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  5. Sign him up! If we can maintain that back 5(inclusive of chezzer), that defence will continue improving. For his performances for us so far, he more than deserve this contract extension.

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  6. Our best defender for the past 2 seasons hands down. Dont know what all those haters were on about after his first season. The boys been class since he arrived. He certainly let those barcs pricks know he could play

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    • Indeed, you could see how good a defender he was in the first season, it was just a case of adapting to new surroundings at Arsenal and the Thunderdome-like atmosphere of the Premiership, Kompany is the only defender in England with a genuine claim to be better than him imo.

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  7. I am happy that this is happening and there are a number of equally positive comments from other fans with Bloggs making the point that ‘there isn’t an Arsenal fan who would argue he doesn’t deserve the new deal.’
    I just hope that these people will have long enough memories if, in a couple of years time, he starts to play like squillaci and the forums are packed with people shouting for the necks of those responsible for “extending the contract of this deadwood defender and paying him so much that we cannot offload him”.

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    • @Ailf Johnson,

      The difference being that Squillaci and the rest being barked at as over paid deadwoods (Chamakh, Denilson, Park, Bendtner) never offered something more consistent than a league cup run or a few decent premiership matches and definitely hadn’t had a full season being the best player in their position.

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  8. Easily the most improved player of last season and further proof (if it was needed) that Wenger still knows how to find and get players that have the potential to be world class despite what the media claim.

    If Bould can work with Vermaelen and Koscielny, make them realise their potential and also continue to help them work on their partnership then we may have our modern day Adams and Keown, the no nonsense defender Adams/Koscielny and the ball playing defender Keown/Vermaelen.

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  9. Yeah! Delay is dangerous we need to extend his contract now before our enemies comes in an lure his with big weekly wages and also dat of wilshere and song is of great important.

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  10. “with players we really want to keep”

    What do you mean???? Are you saying we dont want to keep RVP and Walcott with us ?

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    • I get the feeling that Walcott’s agent trying to play hard-ball despite the fact his own client came out and said he isn’t consistent enough makes it that losing him this season may just be something we can’t help.

      Tying down players to long term contracts now, who have more then 2 years, is going to be seen as a good strategy considering the last few seasons. I’d rather keep players that have shown they appreciate the patience that Wenger has shown than ones that just want to shaft him, for lack of a better insult.

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    • I certainly don’t want to keep RvP. Not now.

      Out, and as quickly as possible to an overseas club. Or alternatively let him rot on the reserves subs bench for a year if he is really really set on joining Citeh. See if they still want him then..

      I’d like to keep Walcott, but it depends on his attitude to our club. Nothing less than 100% commitment to Arsenal is acceptable at Arsenal.

      I hope AW gets tough with the bullshit “has the club got ambition” superstar mentality. Look around stooge: the answer is that of course we have, so much so that we will not go forward with people who’s commitment can be questioned. That is why RvP can NEVER pull on our cannon again.

      Kos is a perfect example of the type of player we want. RvP has shown himself as a perfect example of the type of player we can do without.

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      • Might just be me but if he pulled a Rooney I’d be happy to sweep this whole unpleasant episode under the carpet

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      • We should all be grateful that he should deign to play for such an “unambitious” club? Nope, not for me.

        Thanks for the goals Robin, now we have a season to prepare for so goodbye and good luck.

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      • yeah the max is 5 but just saying. bored of this contract talks getting expired in 2years time when actually its four eg: cesc barca deal

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  11. I have more confidence in Kos staying loyal with a month-per-month contract than pretty much any player with a 5 year contract.

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    Arsenal forward Robin van Persie has described former team-mate Freddie Ljungberg’s recent criticism of the Gunners as “a bit weak”.
    Ljungberg accused Arsenal of lacking ambition in the wake of his move to West Ham, citing the departure of Thierry Henry and van Persie admits his comments were not well received in the Emirates Stadium dressing room.

    “If you play nine years at a club like Arsenal you can say some nice words,” he told the News of the World. If you’re coming up with excuses about Thierry’s departure and about promises from the club it’s a bit weak.”

    The Dutchman added: “I was disappointed and I know a few others were as well. He had a fantastic period, he was once the best player in England, so come on and say some nice things for this club, which is fantastic.”


    Fucking hypocrite

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      • The boss played 42 matches and yet against the albions he didnt look tired,seems like he could play another 42 matches unhindered,looks fragile yet so strong,diplomatic and with team spirit…you should have seen the look on his face when he scored in his own net at ewood park…such love,plus we all know he bosscielnied olivier’s deciscion to join us or is that friendscielny?…i move a motion that we raise a statue for him…i’m kidding don’t crucify me

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  13. If Kos signs the extension does that mean we will get more for him when he goes to Man City next summer?

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  14. great to get new contracts with Kos, and lets also get some more years on Sagnas while we are at it.

    RVP can go fuck himself. We will be just fine without him, im 100% confident. He had ONE great year at Arsenal. Look at him playing for Holland where he doesnt get the service from the team, he didnt do shit.

    cant wait for the season to start and the trophies to be ours

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  15. Excellent news! Lets stop waiting till there’s less than a year left on their contracts to tie down important players.

    I think it’s especially important for us to have a solid back 4 tied down for the long term. The more they play together the better our defense will be.

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  16. Just saw on Djourou’s twitter an article he posted. It’s in German, but seems he’s signed an extension till 2015 and is pumped fot the season.. And he hopes to take the chances he’s given and fight for a spot. Also says how the manager gave him faith and that’s why he wants to extend.

    Shot at vPersie’s statement?

    Always felt he got flak even though he was being played out of position due to injuries- and it seems he concurs. Lad has always been a solid central defender and we’re fortunate that we have a decent number 4. Wanna see them fight hard for those positions next season.

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    • PerDjoVermaelescielny. I think we’ve the best defence in the league. With Robin gone Persie my initial idea was for us to get a striker but on second thoughts we do have Lukas and Giroud there for the central strike position. How about a right winger, ala Alexis Sanchez, as the only reinforcement? I think its enough, non? 🙂

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  17. Sign em up… And sell Walcott he’s never gonna be the player we imagine he’ll be … He just doesn’t have it.. The euros proved that 2 lucky touches but in all fairness he only had 2 touches

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