By Matt Farr
Arsenal first-team duo Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin have agreed to extend their current deals at the club – and fans are thrilled at the potential new contracts.
RMC Sport claims that Giroud has agreed to sign a new deal that will keep him at the Emirates until 2019, reassuring fans over his long-term future at the club.
The France striker has found first-team football hard to come by this season in light of Alexis Sanchez’s recent goalscoring form, and had been linked with a move away from the club.
However, his potential new deal puts to an end all speculation regarding his future with the Gunners.
His French team-mate Francis Coquelin, meanwhile, has also agreed to sign a new deal, and is set to stay in north London until 2021.
With 17 appearances in all competitions for Arsene Wenger’s side this season, Coquelin is one of the club’s key midfield assets.
The French news outlet’s claims that the pair have agreed signed new deals has been well received by Arsenal fans, who weighed in on social media.
Here are some of their messages on Twitter:
I was just thinking today Coquelin deserves a new contract as well. And voila! Excellent news! Giroud staying is good too! Loves the club!
— The Höly Cannön (@_Tahsein_) December 13, 2016
Great news on Arsenal extending contracts of Giroud, Coquelin and soon to come Koscielny!
— Gilles Grimandi (@InvertdWhinger) December 13, 2016
Here I thought Giroud would ask out lol good for Coquelin well deserved
— PreCheck Papi (@IcebergAk) December 13, 2016
reports we have got Koscielny, Giroud and Coquelin to sign new deals. Good news. Important players for the squad
— Rob (@BellerinFC) December 13, 2016
Coquelin and Giroud signing new deals is great news. Both absolutely fantastic options when the need calls for them. Well done @Arsenal
— Arse Wipe (@ArsendWenger) December 13, 2016
Coquelin and Giroud both will extend ther contacts with the club until 2021 and 2019. That’s Good News! ?
— Safin (@SafArsenal) December 13, 2016
Giroud and Coquelin extensions great news.
— H. (@AssistingOzil) December 13, 2016
New contracts for Giroud and Coquelin ! Good news
— Bap V (@Bgunners42) December 13, 2016
Arsene Wenger has been working hard in recent weeks to retain the services of his prized assets, but the club continue to sweat over the futures of star duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
The pair have just 18 months left on their current deals, and it remains unclear whether they will be willing to remain at the Emirates without the guarantee of silverware.
In other Arsenal news, Arsene Wenger is prepared for a tough game against Everton on Tuesday.