Laurent Koscielny sat down for an exclusive interview with Arsenal Player ahead of the Sunderland game.

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Laurent, it's been a difficult start to the season. What do you think the problems have been?
I think we have the quality. The team has good players but the difficulty is playing together - to defend and attack together. It's the little details that will be the difference in winning the games.

How have you found it playing alongside Per Mertesacker rather than Thomas Vermaelen?
They have very different qualities. Per is taller and important at free-kicks. Thomas has qualities like me. He is quicker and reads the game well. It is good to have different personalities and qualities on the pitch. We have four centre backs who have different qualities and that is good for the team.

How comfortable would you be to fill in at right back in the absence of Bacary Sagna?

I played right back when I started my career. Now it's maybe seven years since that. If I have to go to right back I will give my best for the team and will try to do the job with my qualities. It is difficult when you lose Bacary because he is a strong guy and one of the best players. Behind him is Carl so I think he will play. I know Carl and when comes on the pitch he gives everything he can for the team.

Given the tough start, what is the goal for the season now?

We don't talk about particular ambitions. We just want to win, play our football and like that we can go towards the top of the table. We don't think about whether we are in the top four, we take it game by game.

What are your thoughts on the Sunderland game?
We go onto the pitch on Sunday with a good spirit and we want to win the game. It is very important for us, for the Club and for the supporters.

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15 Oct 2011