Laurent Koscielny has urged his Arsenal to prove they hate losing as the look to get their season back on track following recent humblings at the hands of Chelsea and Bayern Munich.
Admitting that the Gunners appear to have a mental problem when it comes to playing big teams, the France international called on his teammates to stay united following a difficult two months at the Emirates
“We have had up and down results, it’s a mental problem,” he told RMC.
“We have the technical and physical qualities but we must put in the effort for a whole match.
“Against the big teams, it takes more than talent [to win]. It takes more commitment and helping your teammates defend. We must dig deeper.
“We are in a complicated situation, we must remain united. We must have a hatred of losing.”
Koscielny also made clear that Arsene Wenger continues to command the respect of his players and admits he’d like to see the man who signed him pen a new deal at the Emirates.
“I think the squad is always receptive to Arsene Wenger’s message. The coach is there to prepare the players physically and tactically and to organise us on the training ground. After that, it’s up to the players to do what is necessary on the pitch to win the matches.
“I’d like to see him extend [his contract]. I’ve been working under him for seven years and I have huge respect for him. He gave me a chance to come here, to improve me as a player and a man. I owe him a lot in my career.”
Koscielny, who signed a contract extension in January, also made clear that he has no plans to return to France.
“I’ve had no contact with French clubs and even if there had been, I wouldn’t leave now because I don’t see myself returning to France for a while.
“I’m happy with my life on and off the pitch. My family and I are happy here and that’s the most important thing.”