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Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has revealed his desire to remain at the Emirates Stadium and has no interest in the rumours from Marseille or the Chinese Super League this summer.

The 31-year-old spoke to Arsenal.com about approaching his eighth season with the Gunners and he revealed his hunger to continue in London to potentially surpass a decade in Arsenal colours.

“When I first got here, I didn’t think about how long I would stay at this club – but now I am starting my eighth season so I am very happy with this. I am happy in my life every day, not just the football but my life with my wife and kids in London. We enjoy it, that’s why I have stayed for a long time here,” he said.

Having recently signed a long-term deal, Koscielny added how he’s not seeking an exit despite the links to Marseille and sides in the Chinese Super League, citing manager Arsene Wenger as the reason he’ll remain at the Emirates.

“I have a long contract with Arsenal and I have (no reason) to leave the club. I am just here to enjoy my job and give everything for the team, and get the best results for the club. If i can do all of that, then I am happy.

“Arsene Wenger is a big (inspiration) for me. He bought me from France and has given me everything to help me play for Arsenal, and has helped me as a man too.

“I have a big (loyalty) to this club and to the boss too. I have stayed here for seven years and I have learnt a lot from him, so I am happy to be here with him and to fight for him because he is a great person.”

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