By Joe Brewin

Laurent Koscielny believes improvements on the physical side of his game have helped him become a better defender in England.

The French international is enjoying an outstanding campaign at the heart of the Arsenal defence and has won his first senior France cap since becoming a mainstay in Arsène Wenger’s side.

Koscielny, who joined the Club from Ligue 1 outfit Lorient last summer, admits he has had to work hard to adjust to the requirements of the Premier League.

“I think for a defender it is the best championship,” he told Arsenal Player. “I have had a bit of time now to be strong and get to know this league.

“Now I feel good on and off the pitch and I try to put the effort into being a good defender.

“You don't have to play differently here, you just have to work on the physical side. It's very different to France or Spain and the strikers are very strong. I've worked a lot to do that.”

Koscielny has been forced to demonstrate his versatility in recent weeks, featuring at right-back in matches against Norwich and Borussia Dortmund. Although the 26-year-old says he is happy to fulfill any role for the team, he admits he is not a specialist in his temporary role.

“I try to do the defensive work,” he said. “It is a little difficult to help Theo though because he is too quick! I try to give the best I can, and that's it. I can get forward once or twice a game.

“I try to do the job seriously but I hope Bacary or Carl come back quickly.”

You can watch the full interview with Laurent on Arsenal Player.

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1 Dec 2011