The futures of three members of the Arsenal’s French contingent has been secured for the oncoming years, as the Gunners agreed on new contracts with Francis Coquelin, Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny, SBNation reports.
Francis Coquelin’s stay is particularly good news for Arsène Wenger, as the 25-year-old midfielder became a regular starter this season with 11 appearances despite the arrival of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Mönchengladbach this summer. The club agreed to put 2 more years to the Frenchman’s current contract, which is due to expire in 2019.
France international Olivier Giroud has agreed to remain at The Emirates until 2019, adding an extra year to his current deal. The striker is looking for his first appearance in Premier League this season, but scored 3 goals and performed 1 assist coming on the pitch as a substitution. However, Arsène Wenger has earlier announced that he wants Giroud to stay in London.
Laurent Koscielny would be another Frenchman to get an extra year on his Arsenal contract. The new agreement will keep the 31-year-old defender at The Emirates until 2020.
The contract extensions with the French trio will be announced by the club soon, the source claims. Meanwhile, the Gunners still wait for good transfer news from the club’s two key players – Mesut Özil and Alexis Sánchez, who’s contract negotiations are now in process.