Koscielny shows Van Persie the way as Arsenal open talks over new long-term deal
09:01 GMT, 10 July 2012
Arsene Wenger has moved to limit the damage to Arsenal's squad this summer by opening talks with defender Laurent Koscielny over a new five-year deal.
Robin van Persie has stated his desire to leave the club but Arsenal are unlikely to command a huge fee for their star striker as he has just 12 months of his contract left to run. Theo Walcott's deal also expires next summer and the winger has attracted interest from Chelsea.
But Arsenal are determined to keep hold of Koscielny and have now opened negotiations with the France centre-back, according to the Mirror.
Koscielny, 26, has been offered a pay rise and a new contract until 2017.
Please stay: Laurent Koscielny is in talks over a new five-year contract
Wenger saw Koscielny's France team-mate Samir Nasri depart for Manchester City last summer after turning down a new contract while he had just 12 months on his deal to run.
Nasri won the Barclays Premier League title with City in May. Van Persie's main admirers are also at the Etihad Stadium.
But Wenger has said he will never change his management style at Arsenal – even if the club's top players keep moving on.
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The Frenchman has been resolute in his principles and believes the top honours can be won without spending tens of millions. Wenger says that a good youth system, coupled with a shrewd recruitment policy of talented individuals, can be a recipe for success.