Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has said that he is extremely happy to see the defender Laurent Koscielny commit to a new deal at the club. A number of high profile players have been leaving Arsenal in the last few seasons due to their inability to win trophies. It has been seven seasons since Arsenal last lifted the trophy. Due to the dominance of the Manchester clubs, they’re not expected to be in the hunt for a major trophy this time around as well. As a result, they are expected to lose the attacking duo of Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie.

However, Arsenal fans have been delighted by the news that defender Laurent Koscielny has agreed to a new deal with the club. Even though he was extremely poor in the first few matches of his Arsenal career, Koscielny has developed into one of the best defenders in the league. He was largely responsible for keeping the defence of Arsenal stable in the absence of Thomas Vermaelen last season. The Belgian defender has said that he is extremely happy to see Koscielny agree to a new contract. The 26-year-old Belgian has been linked with a move to Barcelona, but he has quashed any such rumours by saying that he wants to stay at Arsenal.

“I heard the news that Laurent extended his contract and I’m really happy. From the start when he came to Arsenal he has shown he is a great player and he is developing really well. I think he has done everything for the club already and I hope he will stay a few more years. Of course he is not here at the moment because he is not fit – he had a holiday because he played in the Euros. But he is a great player and I’m happy that he signed for the club,” said Vermaelen.