By Rob Kelly

Laurent Koscielny says he has everything he needs to be happy at Arsenal - and believes the team can challenge for the Premier League title this year.

The composed central defender enjoyed a superb second season for the Gunners last term, and was rewarded with a call-up to the France squad for Euro 2012.

The 26-year-old signed a new long-term contract with the Club last month, and he says the decision to stay at Emirates Stadium was an easy one.

“I am happy here - I play for a big club, I am happy on the pitch and my family are happy here so I don't want to leave,” Koscielny told Arsenal Player.

“This is the first club I have stayed at for more than two years. I want to stay because I have everything [I need] to be happy here.

“I like everyone who works at this club, I like the fans, I am very happy to play for the boss and my team-mates are nice, so my decision to stay was natural.”

Koscielny is optimistic about the new season, and says the team have learnt some key lessons from last year’s experiences.

“If we start well, we can get into the race for the title,” he said. “We saw last year that we had some difficulties at the start of the season, but afterwards you saw the real team.

“You need to work together, win together and help team-mates, and if [the start to] the season is good we can do something in the league.”

Watch the full interview with Laurent on Arsenal Player now.

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15 Aug 2012