Laurent Koscielny knows he’s come a long way in the last two years, and the Frenchman is taking nothing for granted as his consistently excellent performances make people sit up and take note.
If his first season was encouraging, interspersed with some unfortunate moments, his second has seen him blossom into a very effective Premier League defender. Kos, however, is well aware how quickly fortunes ccan change in football.
“If someone had told me that I would now be playing for Arsenal,” he said, “that I would have beaten Lionel Messi’s Barcelona team and had been called up for France, I would not have believed it. It has been two crazy years.
“Everything went so fast and I know that it could go as fast in the other way so I’m staying very humble. I respect football. If you get carried away, things will get back at you.”
And he puts his recent form down to adaptation to English football and hard work on the training ground.
“I feel I’m in the best form of my life. I’ve improved a lot. I keep working on the basics, my controls and my passes.
“I’m also more rigorous. I make less fouls and get less booked as I needed time to adapt to England. I also cope better with the pressure of playing in a very big club. And I know I can improve even more”.
Koscielny is likely to partner Thomas Vermaelen in the centre of Arsenal’s defence tonight as they take on Marseille in the Champions League.