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The France international has forged an impressive partnership with Per Mertesacker and reportedly attracted the attentions of Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain

Arsenal have confirmed that defender Laurent Koscielny has signed a new long-term contract at the club.

In a press conference on Thursday, Arsene Wenger revealed he was close to tying his star centre-back to an extension, and the France international has now put pen to paper on a new deal.

Koscielny has made 48 appearances for Arsenal this season, cultivating a formidable partnership with Per Mertesacker and reportedly attracting the attentions of Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.

"I am very proud to have reached agreement with the club on a new contract," he told the club's official website.

"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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