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Koscielny committed to Arsenal

June 26, 2013
By ESPN staff

Laurent Koscielny has reiterated his commitment to Arsenal following speculation that he could leave the club this summer.

Laurent Koscielny
PA PhotosKoscielny has emerged as a key performer for Arsenal

Koscielny, 27, enjoyed an impressive end to the 2012-13 season as he helped the Gunners clinch Champions League qualification.

His form has led to reports that Barcelona and Bayern Munich are both monitoring his situation at Emirates Stadium.

But the France international has told La Montagne: "I have a four-year contract. For now, I am still at Arsenal."

Koscielny went on to highlight the importance of Arsenal's 2-0 second leg win at Bayern in the Champions League in March as the catalyst for their strong finish to the season.

The centre-back formed an impressive partnership with Per Mertesacker in the heart of Arsene Wenger's defence to aid their cause as they clinched fourth.

"The second leg of the Champions League against Bayern Munich was a trigger for us," he added. "In the process, we almost won everything.

"The most important thing is that Arsenal is in the Champions League. It is super exciting to play against the best teams in Europe."