By Joe Brewin

Laurent Koscielny says Steve Bould will have no problems motivating Arsenal for their Champions League opener in Montpellier.

Bould will take charge of the side tonight with Arsène Wenger serving the first of a three-match European touchline ban - although the manager will set out Arsenal's gameplan at a pre-match meeting.

In the stadium Bould will be at the helm and Koscielny is confident the former Gunner has what it takes to guide Arsenal to victory against the Ligue 1 champions.

“Steve does a good job with the team,” the defender told Arsenal Player. “For me it is good to have a coach like that because he knows my position.

“For the team it is a help for us - for set-pieces, motivation. He finds the words to help the guys so it is good for the team. He knows the Premier League and he knows the Champions League. I think it will be OK with him in the dressing room. He talks with everybody and he knows what we want.”

Koscielny joined Arsenal from Lorient in the summer of 2010 and the centre back says the Gunners are revered in his home nation.

“For the French, Arsenal is a French team!” he said. “A lot of French players come here and we have a lot of examples like Titi [Henry], Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit.

“The people like to see Arsenal because we have some French players and we play football so other people like to see our game. We haven’t won a trophy [recently] but for 15 years we qualify in the Champions League. There are just two clubs who can also say that - Manchester United and Real Madrid.”

Watch the full interview with Laurent on Arsenal Player now.

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18 Sep 2012