Vermaelen happy Koscielny inked new Arsenal deal

Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen is delighted with Laurent Koscielny's new contract.

Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen is delighted with Laurent Koscielny's new contract.

Vermaelen, who signed a contract extension in 2011, has struck up a fine understanding with Koscielny since returning from injury last October.

"I heard the news that Laurent extended his contract and I'm really happy," Vermaelen told a press conference in Beijing on Wednesday.

"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."

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