"I didn't know I was going to start against Liverpool until the boss announced the team before the game," he told the official Arsenal matchday programme. "It was my first start in a competitive game since I joined and I was delighted.
"I felt really good physically and gave everything I had. Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger are very tough to play against, really big and strong, so it was a good test for me.
"But I am a big boy too, and it was just a case of not letting them intimidate me. I didn't let them bully me - I had to be there in the physical battle. The last 30 minutes were difficult physically but overall I was happy, especially as we won."
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