Laurent Koscielny on his new role, ready to deliver Jenkinson-like crosses
Written by Renzo on December 2, 2011 4:30
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is by far one of the best players of this season, regardless of his position on the pitch.
Speaking to Arsenal Player about the first few months of the campaign, the France International explained that he’s improving, like the rest of the team adding that the Gunners have finally put behind them the terrible start to the season and are looking forward with confidence as they are finally delivering on the pitch.
Asked about any changes he had to make to settle down in England, the centre-back confessed that the English Premier League is more physical than other leagues and how he works on the physical side of his game, in training.
And on playing at right-back, the 26-year old concluded by saying that defensively he is doing well, joking that it’s very difficult to keep up with the pace of striker Theo Walcott as he also said that he is ready to start delivering crosses for the strikers, if required.
On his new role, the defender said:
[How happy am I with my own performances?] I’m getting better and better, like the rest of the team.
We had a difficult start to the season but now, all players and myself are better, stronger and fight hard on the pitch, so I’m happy.
[If my game changed to adapt to English football?] Yes, for a defender this is the best Championship but I had little time to be strong and get to know this League.
But now, I’m feeling good, on and off the pitch so I’m putting a lot of effort be a good defender.
It’s very different from France or Spain, it’s more physical, strikers are strong so we we work more on the physical side [in training] and I work a lot to do this.
[Playing at right-back?] I try to do the defensive work but [offensively] it’s a little bit difficult to help Theo because he’s too quick so I can’t catch up with him!
[If I can match Bacary Sagna and Carl Jenkinson's crossing?] I can, just one or two per game, I try to do my job seriously [on the right] but I hope Bacary comes back quickly.
[The biggest difference compared to a central position?] You run, all the time you run! All the time, in defence, in attack.
I don’t like to run, in central it’s more about reading the game, I prefer to play like that but if we must do running to help my team-mates, I do it.
[Why no goals this season?] Defenders always try to help the team from set-pieces. Thomas scored, I’m yet to score but if I don’t and the team wins, it’s good for me.