Arsene Wenger has revealed Laurent Koscielny is close to signing a new contract with Arsenal.
Koscielny has forged a formidable defensive partnership with Per Mertesacker over the past two seasons, and this term the Gunners boast the fourth best defensive record in the Premier League.
The Frenchman's current deal expires in the summer of 2017 but with Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich both linked with summer bids for his services in recent weeks, talks have been ongoing over an improved deal.
"Koscielny is close to signing a new contract," Wenger told reporters on Thursday.
The 28-year-old has made 163 appearances for Arsenal since arriving from Ligue 1 side Lorient in the summer of 2010.