Another Arsenal Star Set To Receive Decent Contract And Pay Rise – Reports
Arsenal are preparing to open talks with Laurent Koscielny over an improved contract after Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla joined the core of the squad, on Tuesday, in committing their long-term futures to the club.
In a further sign that Arsène Wenger also intends to stay beyond this season, Ramsey has agreed a five-year deal that will see him join Theo Walcott and Mesut Özil among the club’s elite bracket of players who are earning more than £100,000.
Ramsey was superb before Christmas and, although he has been sidelined since Boxing Day with a thigh injury, the new contract underlines his central importance in the team that Wenger now wants to build.
Cazorla’s extension is for another three years and a more moderate salary increase but it is still also a reflection of his key role across any of the attacking midfield positions. With Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky also signing new contracts earlier this month, the next priority will be to reward Koscielny’s outstanding defensive form (The Telegraph).
The 28-year-old committed his long-term future to the club as recently as July 2012 but with Arsene Wenger eager to tie down the core of his squad to new deals it appears his fantastic form will earn him a decent pay rise.
Last summer the accordion-loving French international, who moved to London from Lorient in 2010, called on the club to start challenging for honors warning an annual battle for Champions League qualification is not the sum of his career ambition.
Having warded off the challenge of Thomas Vermaelen to become, alongside Per Mertesacker, one of the first names on the Gunners team sheet and with Arsenal currently pushing for silverware on two fronts it appears any lingering doubts about the direction of the club have been settled.
Talk of negotiations with Koscielny comes in the aftermath of new deals for Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky and Per Mertesacker.