Laurent Koscielny is satisfied with his first six months as an Arsenal player - but he wants to improve his disciplinary record.

The French defender moved to Emirates Stadium from Lorient last summer and was thrust straight into the hurly-burly of the Premier League after Thomas Vermaelen suffered a tendon injury.

Koscielny has coped admirably with the step up in class from Ligue 1 to the English top flight and life has been good on and off the pitch.

"Everything is going very well," he told the Official Matchday Programme.

"Off the pitch, my wife and I are delighted with our life here and the arrival of our baby. We are preparing everything and we are looking forward to it.

"On the pitch, in the last two months, I have been feeling very good. I am playing at my best. I am more confident and I have realised that I have the ability to become a regular player here and do well for this club.

"Before that, I had to adapt to a different style of football, with more duels, more rhythm. It was not easy but I got a lot of games under my belt, learnt from them, took a lot of experience and now I am feeling really good.

"I am also very grateful to the fans too who have always supported me since joining the Club. Their support was a big help for me."

Koscielny would like to iron out one fault though - he has already received two red cards and five yellows since he started his Arsenal career.

"Yes definitely [I am getting booked too often] and it’s something I need to improve and work on," he said.

"Last season in France, I was only booked twice in the whole season and red carded once. Sometimes, I like showing to my forward that I’m there but there is obviously a way to do that and as I adjust to the game here in England I hope that my discipline will improve."

This interview first appeared in the Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.

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1 Feb 2011