He was probably Arsenal’s best defender last season but this time around Laurent Koscielny hasn’t played as much as he would like, and when he has he’s struggled to find the form he showed in the last campaign.
However, with Thomas Vermaelen moved out to left back, the Frenchman has come back into the side and he’s determined to make the most of his chance.
“It’s been hard, of course,” he told the official matchday programme. “I lost most of pre-season because I was away with France, and then I had an injury right at the beginning of the season.
“It was difficult to come back from that quickly, the season had started, the players were up and running and yet you still need time to get back to the level required.
“I know that I’ve played some good games and some not so good this season, but I’m working hard to stay fit and well. We have great competition for places at the back with guys like Per, Thomas and Johan, and we have a lot of respect for each other.
“It’s healthy for us and we don’t stop trying to improve as individuals and as a unit.”
Read the full interview in today’s matchday programme – also available on iPad.