Laurent Koscielny has revealed that Arsenal rushed him back after his injury but that he feels ‘good’.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 16: Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal warms up ahead of the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Arsenal FC at St Mary’s Stadium on December 16, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The Frenchman returned to action after seven months out just in time for Arsenal’s annual defensive injury crisis and you could tell he wasn’t ready. Although he has featured in five matches this season, it was only against Fulham that he started to look like the defender we all know and love.

Speaking to RMC after the game against Fulham, Kos explained why that was. “It’s going very well,” the Arsenal captain said. “I do not have any pain.

“After that, my return was a bit hasty with the injuries in the group, so I had to follow up a bit physically hard, but I feel good.

“It’s the pace I miss,” Koscielny added, “It’s a little harder to tie up every three days, I’m trying to be careful not to hurt myself and be out for weeks. What it takes to be at the disposal of the coach, he makes me play [some] games, others I attack on the bench … I am gradually resuming possession of all my means and confidence. Wishes for me? I will say good health! 2018 has been a bit more complicated for me so good health.”

Koscielny is one of a number of players out of contract next summer and, so far, there has been no talk of a new deal. Kos admitted that he considered leaving the club after Wenger and co. departed but e seems to have settled under Unai Emery.