Life in Prem is intense – Koscielny

The French centre-back has made seven competitive appearances for

the Gunners since joining in the summer and is set to start for

Arsene Wenger’s side in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League trip to

Partizan Belgrade. Koscielny was sent off on his Arsenal debut in

the opening day draw with Liverpool, but has looked assured since

and scored in the 4-1 demolition of Bolton earlier this month. And

the 25-year-old admits his life has changed beyond recognition

since he moved to the north Londoners. Koscielny told L’Equipe: “My

career has totally changed in three months. “It is going pretty

well even if my game is still not 100%. “It is a big challenge for

me but I am getting better physically. I do a lot of weight

training to strengthen me. “It is much more physical in the tackle,

the attackers are rougher and the games are more intense.”

Koscielny also hopes to force his way into Laurent Blanc’s France

side and intends to be an integral member of the Les Bleus set-up

by the time Euro 2012 gets under way. The former Lorient stopper

added: “Yes, I think I can join this group. “We must build on a

season that I play in the Champions League to gain international

experience. But Euro 2012 is a goal for me.”