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Giroud signs new Arsenal EPL deal

AAP logoAAP 12/01/2017

Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud, midfielder Francis Coquelin and defender Laurent Koscielny have agreed on new English Premier League contract extensions.

French striker Giroud, 30, has returned to the side in recent weeks to score four goals in as many appearances, including his scorpion-kick effort in the win over Crystal Palace.

Coquelin, 25, has developed into a key member of the first-team squad following his return from a loan at Charlton in December 2014.

Centre-back Koscielny has proved a consistent performer since joining in July 2010 from Lorient.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger believed the new deals were just reward for each of the players' own hard work.

"We are very pleased that three important members of our team have committed to us for the long term," Wenger said on the club's official website.

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

"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 also looking to negotiate new deals with key men Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

Wenger is yet to formally announce any plans following the end of his contract, which expires in the summer.

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