Koscielny: I have no reason to leave Arsenal or 'inspirational' Wenger

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The France defender has been linked with a move away from north London this summer but has moved to rule out a transfer

Laurent Koscielny insists he has no plans to leave Arsenal this summer, claiming he is happy in London and that his loyalties lie with Arsene Wenger. 

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The France international has been linked with a move to German champions Bayern Munich, as well as a return to boyhood club Marseille, despite signing an extension with the Gunners as recently as November of last year.

Koscielny appeared 50 times for Arsenal last season and remains a key part of Wenger's defensive unit ahead of the 2017-18 Premier League campaign.

The defender turns 32 at the start of the upcoming season and it was suggested he may push for one big-money move before his career began to slow, with recent interviews with French publications putting no end to the matter.

And, though speculation of an exit continues, the defender can't see why he'd leave the Emirates.

“When I first got here, I didn’t think about how long I would stay at this club - but now I am starting my eighth season so I am very happy with this,” Koscielny is quoted by the Standard. “I am happy in my life every day, not just the football but my life with my wife and kids in London.

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"We enjoy it, that’s why I have stayed for a long time here. 

“I have a long contract with Arsenal and I have [no reason] to leave the club. I am just here to enjoy my job and give everything for the team, and get the best results for the club. If I can do all of that, then I am happy.”

Koscielny has also shared his admiration for Arsenal boss Wenger following a turbulent campaign for the long-serving Gunners boss. 

Sections of supporters protested against the Frenchman's leadership of the first team before he eventually signed a new two-year deal at the club.

Questioned on Wenger, Koscielny says he has learned a lot from his fellow countryman and is ready to fight by his side.

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“Arsene Wenger is a big [inspiration] for me," he added. "He bought me from France and has given me everything to help me play for Arsenal, and has helped me as a man too.

“I have a big [loyalty] to this club and to the boss too. I have stayed here for seven years and I have learnt a lot from him, so I am happy to be here with him and to fight for him because he is a great person.”