Laurent Koscielny is back on French soil this evening as Arsenal take on Marseille in the Champions League.

The former Lorient centre back sat down with Arsenal Player before the Group F game to discuss his memories of the Stade Velodrome and more.

Click on the link to watch the video interview or read the full transcript below.

Laurent, what can we expect from a trip to Marseille?
It is a big stadium with very good supporters but they have closed a stand because they are building ahead of Euro 2016. They have lost maybe 20,000 people so it is more quiet. That is better for us!

I know Marseille and they are a good team. They have had a difficult start to their championship - like us - but in the Champions League they are first in the group. We will go there to win, they are a good team but we have the quality we need.

What do you know about their manager, Didier Deschamps?
He is a good manager and he knows the top level. He has won a lot of trophies - the World Cup, the European Championship and the Champions League plus other titles.

He knows the big games and I think Marseille against Arsenal is a big game. He has the quality to take his team to the top level in the championship and Europe so he is a good coach.

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19 Oct 2011