Wenger wants Koscielny contract talks

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has instructed the club to open contract negotiations with defender Laurent Koscielny, according to the Daily Mail.

The French centre-back has two-years left to run on his current contract and the 26-year-old is reportedly set to extend his stay at the Emirates – a move that will signal Arsene Wenger and Arsenal’s intent to keep their star players.

Koscielny has reportedly been offered a pay rise, and a new deal would see him carry on playing for the North London club until 2017 – with the player making 85 appearances for the club in his two-year stint.

The French international has impressed in an Arsenal shirt since signing for around £8million from Lorient in 2010, scoring 6 goals for the club and his performances have seen him earn a place in the French national side, playing his first major tournament game in Euro 2012.

There has been increasing speculation that Koscielny teammate Robin Van Persie could leave the club like previous high profile departures such as Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, however Arsene Wenger has stood firm over his transfer policy.

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