Laurent Koscielny: I joined Arsenal to work and to progress
Written by Renzo on May 24, 2011 15:00
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny confessed joining Arsenal was a dream, an important achievement in his career.
Speaking to Arsenal TV Online, the Frenchman explained that when he arrived in London he was impressed by the facilities available for the players adding that he knew that he had an opportunity to learn, progress and succeed in top level football.
Initially set to be a backup centre back, the ex-Lorient defender made it into Arsene Wenger’s starting eleven after Thomas Vermaelen’s injury when on International duty with the 25-year old saying that pressure is important if one is to improve.
On Sunday, Arsenal ended yet another trophyless season with reports suggesting that manager Arsene Wenger will strengthen the defensive department after the Arsenal boss admitted that the Gunners lack “defensive efficiency”.
On playing for Arsenal, Koscielny said:
For a player like me, coming from a low-profile club and arriving at Arsenal is just a dream. When I arrived there and saw the facilities, I told myself that I had everything to progress and to succeed.
So, I arrived with my ideas to work and to progress, to try and play the most amount of matches as possible. And try to be as consistent as I could be.
For me there should always be pressure, it could be pressure related to matches but also off the pitch as well. Pressure is essential if you want to raise the level of your game and this pressure must be positive.
The pressure which is around the club or above the players, we need it to elevate the level of our game on the pitch as we have been able to do during some matches. It allows us to put in some great performances.