Arsenal have confirmed that Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Francis Coquelin have all signed new deals.
Reports in recent weeks had hinted that extensions were on the cards with current deals for Giroud and Koscielny ending in the summer of 2018. Coquelin, who last signed in 2015, had been contracted until 2019.
Having persuaded key three squad members to put pen-to-paper, Arsene Wenger said:
“We are very pleased that three important members of our team have committed to us for the long term.
“Francis has made tremendous technical strides over the past few years because he’s so focused every day.
“Olivier has big experience in the game now and has become a more and more complete player since joining us.
“Laurent is of course a key part of our squad and I believe one of the best defenders in the world today. So overall, this is great news for us.”
It’s fair to say, these were probably the least tricky of the contract negotiations that are being undertaken at the moment. We await news on the Messrs. Ozil and Sanchez, while the futures of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere are also still up in the air.