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Arsenal defender Koscielny targeting France squad

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny is looking to cement his spot in Arsene Wenger's first team ahead of next summer's European Championships.

The 26-year old has gone from strength to strength with the Gunners this season and is looking to improve further so he can be included in Laurent Blanc's France squad for Euro2012 after making his debut against the USA in a November 11 friendly.

"The season is so long so if I do the job well with my club, defend well and are strong I will go to the national team. I have to give everything on the pitch to go with France next year," he told the club's official website.

He added: "I am very happy. I waited for this for a little while and now I have it. I am happy because it is a big achievement for me. I have worked a lot with my club and with the national team, so now I want to continue to play with France.

"It was my first cap so I was a little stressed. For the game I played alright with my partner Adil Rami. We talked a lot and we defended very well. We kept a clean sheet and for a defender that's the first thing you want."

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