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Arsenal ace Koscielny more comfortable in English football

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Koscielny is now an Arsenal lynchpin (©GettyImages)
Koscielny is now an Arsenal lynchpin (©GettyImages).

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny feels he has now settled into life in the Premier League after some impressive performances at the heart of the Gunners' defence.

The Frenchman arrived at the club in 2010 from Ligue 1 side Lorient and made a shaky start to life at the Emirates with several high-profile errors in big matches.

However, the defender has improved massively in the two seasons since and now finds himself as arguably Arsenal's most impressive centre-back.

Koscielny is aware of his improvement and he told L'Equipe: "Playing a lot of big matches in the Premier League allows you to gain experience.

"For some months, I've felt better on several levels. In England, you have to be more aggressive in all levels: speed, control, passing, challenges in the air, anticipation... and I've got more physical presence."

The 28-year-old was a key part of the Arsenal side that went unbeaten in the last ten matches of last season and scored the winner against Newcastle on the final day as Arsenal pipped rivals Spurs to the 4th and final Champions League spot.

The France international believes that this is an area where he could improve however.

He said: "How can I still improve? Maybe scoring more often from free-kicks. But if I always score a £20million goal, that's fine!"

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