By Rob Kelly
Laurent Koscielny has revealed his pride at scoring the goal that secured Champions League football for Arsenal - but insists it has been a team effort.
The France international poked home the decisive strike in the 54th minute of the Gunners' vital 3-2 win at West Brom on Sunday to secure third place in the Premier League.
While the centre back was delighted to play such a key role at The Hawthorns, he says all that matters was picking up the three points.
"If I score with my left foot, right foot or with my head, the most important thing is that it's a goal and it was for the team," said Koscielny.
"This goal was important and I am very happy for the fans, the team and the boss because we have all worked hard to be here today.
"It was very important to win because we want to play in the Champions League next year. We did the job on the pitch. Maybe it wasn't our best game of the season but the most important thing was to get the three points."
Koscielny admits it was a relief to claim the three points after trailing 2-1 after 15 minutes, but says the team always knew they could mount a comeback.
"It was difficult when we were 1-0 up and suddenly conceded two goals," he said. "This season we've had games where we have had to come from two goals down, like against Tottenham, and we're a team who plays for each other and we came back."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 14 May 2012