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Life in Prem is intense - Koscielny
Published : 28 Sep 2010 16:54:00
Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny is happy with the way he is adapting to life in the Premier League - and admits that games "are more intense". 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."