Laurent Koscielny admits it 'was hard to watch' Arsenal during injury absence

The French international recently returned to action against West Ham United.

Arsenal's cause this season has certainly not been helped by their ever growing injury list. The club have seen several of their biggest names ruled out for considerable periods of time throughout the season.

The likes of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Olivier Giroud, Mathieu Debuchy and Jack Wilshere have all spent time on the side-lines but recently it has been the absence of Laurent Koscielny which has truly wreaked havoc with the team.

The Frenchman's presence at the back is a necessity to ensuring the stability of the team, something that Arsene Wenger admitted after his recent return against West Ham.

He is currently struggling with tendinitis in his calf, which is said to be chronic, and likely to give him trouble throughout the remainder of the campaign.

And time off does not sit well with Koscielny. He has been speaking to the official Arsenal website about his recent absence, admitting it was hard:

“For players it’s very important to be on the pitch. I spent a long time without football and it was very hard for me to stay and watch my team play. I’m very happy to come back with my team-mates on the pitch and to play football.

“At the back we needed to be focused on our job and I think we did well. During this period over Christmas it’s very important to win and we did well with three wins, so we need to keep this going and keep focused for the New Year.

“Now the players who have been injured are coming back so it’s good for the team when you have all the players with you and fit. We have a bigger squad so I hope we will not have a lot of injuries in 2015 and we can finish this season well.”

Koscielny's fitness however will be pivotal to any silverware or achievements that Arsenal do manage at the end of the current season.

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