Laurent Koscielny says yoga is helping him manage his troublesome Achilles injury and helping him stay more relaxed off the pitch.
The France defender has been struggling with the ongoing problem for the last couple of years admitting in previous interviews that it requires daily attention.
While Arsene Wenger continues to rest Koscielny for less important matches, the player himself insists he’s definitely feeling more positive about the situation.
“Since January I started yoga, and I feel much better physically, my tendons do not hurt anymore,” he told RMC while on international duty.
“I’m more relaxed, more positive. I found a way to get away from it. I was a little reluctant at first, but there are many areas that (yoga) allowed me to relax, to be much more positive in football or in my everyday life.”
Koscielny has made 28 starts for the Gunners this season, bettered only by Hector Bellerin. No doubt he’ll be looking to stay injury free for the rest of the season as he looks to nail down a place in Didier Deschamps’ France squad for the World Cup in Russia.
Koscielny did his chances no harm with an impressive showing in Moscow on Tuesday as his country ran out 3-1 winners over the tournament hosts in a friendly.