Arsenal: Koscielny, Giroud and Coquelin Sign Contract Extensions

London, Arsenal's first team French trio of Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin have signed new long-term contracts, the club confirmed on Thursday.

"We are very pleased that three important members of our team have committed to us for the long term," club manager Arsene Wenger said.

Despite starting the season on the periphery with Alexis Sanchez assuming the striker position, Giroud has been in terrific form recently, scoring four in his last four games, including a scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, while also contributing two assists and a goal in Arsenal's comeback draw at Bournemouth.

Since joining from Montpellier in 2012, the 30-year-old scored 61 for Arsenal in 121 games. He was the club's top scorer in 2015-16 with 24 goals in all competitions.

Center-back Koscielny, meanwhile, has established himself as the club's main defender, representing Arsenal in 273 games since he joined from Lorient in 2010. He also has a knack for scoring goals as he got his name on the scoresheet 22 times, including decisive goals on the final day of the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons to secure qualification for the Champions League, and the equalizer against Hull City in the 2014 FA Cup final.

Meanwhile, Coquelin has become a mainstay in Arsenal's midfield in the last two seasons despite suffering a number of injuries. With teammate Mohamed Elneny away on international duty with Egypt for the African Cup of Nations and the injury of Santi Cazorla, the 25-year-old is sure to get a lot of game time in the coming fixtures.

"Francis has made tremendous technical strides over the past few years because he's so focused every day," Wenger added.

"Olivier has big experience in the game now and has become a more and more complete player since joining us. Laurent is of course a key part of our squad and I believe one of the best defenders in the world today. So overall, this is great news for us." Arsenal are currently fifth in the Premier League table, one point off Champions League places. They travel next to Wales to take on Swansea on Saturday before hosting Burnley eight days later.

Source: Qatar News Agency