Laurent Koscielny has revealed he turned down Barcelona to sign a new five-year deal with Arsenal. "I am so happy to have signed a new contract until 2017, it means a lot, notably that the club has a lot of trust in me", he told L'Equipe. "In 2017, I will be almost old."
When asked if he was aware of their interest, the French international added: "Yes of course and frankly it is flattering. But at Arsenal I have everything; I have a great training centre, a wonderful stadium and an amazing group.
"I really want to grow here as Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and some others did."