Koscielny has no desire to leave Arsenal

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 25, 2017

The 31-year-old French global defender is looking forward to an eighth season with the Gunners since joining from FC Lorient in the summer of 2010.

The 31-year-old joined from Lorient in 2010 and signed a contract extension until 2020 in January.

"I am just here to enjoy my job and give everything for the team", he said. We enjoy it, that's why I have stayed for a long time here.

He added: "I have a long contract with Arsenal and I have (no reason) to leave the club".

"I am happy in my life every day, not just the football but my life with my wife and kids in London".

Wenger admitted his refusal to confirm his future helped cause uncertainty at the North London giants last term - as the club missed out on the Champions League qualification for the first time in two decades.

Such is his importance under Wenger, as well as being one of the longer serving players, he serves as the club's vice-captain and throughout last season was their leader in the absence of Per Mertesacker.

Koscielny said he felt great loyalty towards manager Arsene Wenger, whom he called an inspirational figure. "He bought me from France and has given me everything to help me play for Arsenal, and has helped me as a man too", he said.

"I have stayed here for seven years and I have learnt a lot from him, so I am happy to be here with him and to fight for him because he is a great person".

Arsenal, who are on a pre-season tour of Australia and China, have recruited France striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for a club record £46.5m and the left-back Sead Kolasinac from Schalke so far this summer.

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