Laurent Koscielny has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal Football Club.

The 28-year-old has continued his excellent partnership with Per Mertesacker in central defence this term, helping the team to 15 clean sheets in his 31 Premier League appearances in 2013/14.

Since his arrival from Ligue 1 side Lorient in summer 2010, Koscielny has featured 163 times for the Club in all competitions, more than any other Arsenal player over the same period.

I have enjoyed four great years at Arsenal already

The France international becomes the eighth first-team player to have committed himself to the Club this season, following the contract renewals of Santi Cazorla, Serge Gnabry, Per Mertesacker, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky, Wojciech Szczesny and Gedion Zelalem.

Manager Arsène Wenger said: "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.”

Laurent said: "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.”

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