The Frenchman has formed a formidable partnership with Per Mertesacker at the heart of the Gunners defence this season.

The 28-year-old arrived from Lorient in 2010 and has gone on to become one of Arsenal's most consistent performers, even managing to keep club captain Thomas Vermaelen out of the side.

And recent reports suggested that Koscielny's great form this season had attracted interest from Real Madrid.