Laurent Koscielny faced the media after Arsenal’s 1-0 win against Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on Saturday. You can read a full transcript of his interview below:

on the result…
It was a tough game. Newcastle were playing very well, especially on the right-hand side with their right back and Sissoko as well. It was difficult but in the end we won and that is the most important thing for us.

on how quickly Arsenal were aware they would have to dig in…
We started the game well in the first 10 to 15 minutes. We had good movement with good passes. After that we were a little bit tired and at this moment we knew we needed to be stronger at the back to keep a clean sheet. After that we knew we would have the opportunities to score the goal. During the game this was the case and then I scored from a corner to help us win 1-0. Sometimes we need to win like this.

on scoring against Newcastle again…
I’ve scored against them before but the most important thing is that the team wins and I am happy with the goal. We need to stay top.

on his goal…
I was given the opportunity to score on the second ball and I did it so I was happy. It was important to start the New Year with a win.

on showing the strikers that defenders can score too…
We need to stay focused because we have many tough games in the second half of the season. Next week we have more tough games and important ones against big teams so we need to have everyone focused on the job.

on being rested against Bournemouth…
During the Christmas period, when you play three games in a week, it’s very difficult for our physique. We have a good squad and we were able to rotate against Bournemouth, so all the players who played were fresh and able to do their jobs well.

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2 Jan 2016