By Joe Brewin
Laurent Koscielny has called for Arsenal to pick up where they left off when the Premier League resumes on Saturday.
Arsène Wenger’s side have kept three clean sheets in succession and recorded their first win against Liverpool at Anfield two weeks ago to ignite their campaign.
Koscielny has yet to start a match having missed Arsenal’s opening two fixtures with a calf injury but the France international is determined to help the team continue their rise up the table.
“We didn't lose and we didn't concede any goals so it is good,” Koscielny told Arsenal Player. “We have played well, we have had good movement and some opportunities to score.
“For the first two games we played well but didn't score. Against Liverpool we played with determination and scored two goals from Santi and Poldi, so we are very happy with this start.
“This is just the start of the season, so we will try to continue. We now have a long period where we play every three days so it is difficult. But we have a big group with players of quality, which is important.
“It is important after the international break to start stronger and focus on the game against Southampton to start this period well. Afterwards we have some difficult games against Montpellier, Manchester City and Chelsea so we want to play well and win.”
Southampton are Saturday’s visitors to Emirates Stadium on the back of narrow defeats to both Manchester clubs and Koscielny is well aware of the threat posed by the south-coast side.
“I saw the games against Manchester City and Manchester United, and they try to play football,” said the Frenchman. “It is good for us, because it is better to play against a team who play like us.
“All games are difficult but it is at home so we want to [make sure] we win the game. We have the quality to score and win this game, so we are focused on this match.”
Watch the full interview with Laurent on Arsenal Player now.