Laurent Koscielny enjoying life at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has hinted he wants to stay at the Emirates Stadium after admitting he is addicted to the intensity of the Premier League.
The French centre-half has been linked with summer moves to Barcelona and Bayern Munich and said last month that he would consider leaving north London if Arsenal failed to show ambition in the transfer market.
But the Les Bleus international has now claimed he is happy at the Emirates Stadium.
“I have a four-year contract and for now I’m at Arsenal,” the 27-year-old told lamontagne.fr when quizzed about interest from the Nou Camp and Allianz Arena.
The player also confessed he is an “addict” of the Premier League, albeit one who is eager to “keep working to improve”.
“There is so much intensity, so much physical impact. The philosophy of the game is going from one goal to another. Every weekend the games are important when you’re selected.”
Koscielny scored the all-important winner at Newcastle on the final day of the Premier League season, sealing the Gunners’ qualification for the Champions League at the expense of north London rivals Tottenham.
And the Frenchman, who also scored against West Brom at the climax of the 2011/12 season, joked that crucial goals are becoming his speciality.
“Last year, I also scored the goal that sent us in the Champions League. It has become my specialty!
“Just kidding…the most important thing is that Arsenal is in the Champions League. It’s super exciting to play against the best teams in Europe.”
Koscielny also said he is happy with his teammates at Arsenal and says there is a good atmosphere in the Gunners camp ahead of pre-season.
“I feel good as part of the team. There are many different characters as in any professional environment. I am calm and I get along with everyone. There’s a good atmosphere amongst the group.”