So the rumours went season ticket spin. Laurent Koscielny has agreed and signed a new long-term contract.
Seriously, this is the best news we could have hoped for as our French centre-back is key to us maintaining stability at the club and in the team and with other top clubs sniffing around, this truly is a big ‘Naff off’ to all of them.
It’s a huge statement to other clubs who think we are easy pickings. We are no longer a selling club and we are no longer a club who is prepared to lose our top players to other clubs. And Koscielny is certainly one of those.
Santi Cazorla, Serge Gnabry, Per Mertesacker, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky, Wojciech Szczesny and Gedion Zelalem have all recently signed new deals and now with Laurent joining them, the future is looking good. There is plenty of hard work to be done by the club in the summer of course but that can’t take place until this season ends.
Having signed, 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.
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.
As are we…..
Of course it’s a shame that both Fabianski and Sagna are looking likely to leave but that’s life I guess when a player is allowed to run down their contract. And, both parties have had their part to play in that situation….
The Mirror are running a headline and that’s all it is because there is no substance to the story but they suggest that Sagna will wait until after the World Cup to make a decision on his future. I’m sure Arsene Wenger knows already what the future holds for Sagna…
Rumours surrounding his replacement are hotting up that’s for sure with reports in Italy suggesting Serge Aurier has in principle, already agreed a five year deal. We’ll see I guess, and soon….
Arsene Wenger has spoken about this past season and how we have to improve:
We have to continue to develop as a team. We have bridged a big gap from last season and we want to be better next season.
How can we do that? We have hard work in the summer to achieve that.
My team has shown a remarkable mental stamina and consistency in their attitude and I am very proud of the way they responded.
We are looking at some aspects where we can improve internally and we will work very hard during the summer to do that.
What he means by ‘internally’ is anyone’s guess, maybe he is making a move upstairs and a new managerial team is coming in?
We’ll know after next weekend:
We are focused on the Cup final. After that, yes, I will make an announcement.
I told you many times, my word is my word and I’m from a period where you didn’t need a pen to commit. It’s not linked with the FA Cup at all.
Still no word about committing to the club as manager though but I suspect it is and if so, I hope he’ll be working very hard in the summer and finally make the signings to take us a lot further than the usual scramble for 4th spot. We need to start the season with a deep, strong squad, one with pace up front and a solid, robust midfield which doesn’t get ripped through by other sides like it has done over the years and did at times this season.
Until then, it’s Norwich tomorrow and an FA Cup Final next weekend….
COYRRG’s, just two more victories……
Finally, Happy Birthday to the master of football Dennis Bergkamp who is 45 years old today..
Could he really be coming back to The Emirates this summer…..?
That’s your lot for another day…..