Koscielny: It is difficult to win if you don’t score

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Laurent Koscielny blamed a lack of calm in the final third as West Ham took advantage of a lacklustre performance to win 1-0 at the London Stadium.

Despite a bright start to the game, the Gunners struggled throughout to create chances in attack, falling into a pattern of pointless possession that was reminiscent of the worst performances of last season.

In the end, Declan Rice’s goal, scored three minutes after the break, was enough to condemn us to our fifth Premier League defeat of the season and our third in four away games.

“I think in the final third we needed to keep more calm and not try to find the final ball and to continue to play with movement,” Koscielny told Sky Sports. 

“In the second half we didn’t stop but conceded the goal early. We had some chances and we didn’t score. It is difficult to win if you don’t score. We need to keep our ambition and our game. We can come back.

“We needed to be clean with the ball and we weren’t. In football if you give a small chance to your opponent you pay and today we did.

“When you are arriving towards Christmas you know it is a big period and it is hard to compete at the same level.

“We started the new year with a win and we prepared for this game and came here with ambition for three points but we need to keep calm and focused on how we want to play.”

There’s a possibility that we could fall six points adrift of the top four if Chelsea beat Newcastle United this afternoon. We face the Blues next weekend knowing we’ll have to win if we’re to retain an outside chance of finishing in the Champions League places.

“It is a home game against an opponent in the top four,” noted Koscielny. “We know what we need to do. We need to prepare all week for this important team.”

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Adam
Adam

Its difficult to win when you are shyte across the pitch.

alex alexsson
alex alexsson

:O

Alex
Alex

Difficult to score when nobody creates chances.

Ss24
Ss24

To create chances, we need to buy a world class midfielder. Or do we have one already?

Burleydave
Burleydave

No

Dobby the house elf
Dobby the house elf

Yes but he’s leaving for juventus

LacaNewSigning
LacaNewSigning

We’ve got Özil, Mesut Özil, I don’t think Emery understands…

Jack
Jack

Difficult to win when you only pass to Sokratis, he passes back to Leno, Leno kicks it up the pitch and the other team get possession on an endless cycle.

ScreamAtMe
ScreamAtMe

If your implying koscieleny did that all game then you are very wrong. He was our best ball playing centre back today, in the 1st half in particular he made numerous incisive forward passes into our midfield

momozemio
momozemio

It was difficult to watch….😥

Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again

It’s impossible to win if you don’t score. The best you can hope for when you don’t score is 0-0 draw.

berlingoon
berlingoon

thanks, captain obvious.

Andreas
Andreas

What about if someone scores an own goal?

NigelTufnel
NigelTufnel

Sad times when you have to depend on “Own Goal” as your main striker.

jackhamma
jackhamma

Own Goal did pretty great today, i’d take him as our main striker

Tony
Tony

To be fair, that seemed to work for Burnley yesterday.

Sad Gooner
Sad Gooner

It’s not difficult to win when you don’t score , it’s IMPOSSIBLE , we have too many brain dead players

myrtle
myrtle

That was a game of fine margins.. it could have been 3-0.

goonero
goonero

Where is Owen Goales when you need him?

Pete
Pete

Lacca and Auba was terrible today, £100mil and create nothing, defense not to blame for that.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

No Wingers. We play from flanks where we have absolutely zer0 creative wingers.
How stupid is that?!

Richie

Kolasanic had been very good on the left flank. Maitland-Niles on the right flank though, well, let’s just say I don’t think his future is on the wing, he constantly appears out of his depth. I get he’s still a kid but he seems more comfortable in the middle.

Deano

Laca may as well have been sat in my garden not exactly given good service

Anne Noyd
Anne Noyd

Ooo garden

scott rice
scott rice

I am not saying our strikers performed well but I think a bigger issue is the service they receive from others in the team. Too many passes go backwards.

Edzo
Edzo

if only we had a creative number 10 who could unlock defenses. tactical decision is like hearing Wenger say we live in a world….

ozil is not the best defender and isn’t always great but matteo is not a good defender, is slow and also isn’t always great. xhaka also can’t defend, and is slow.

iwobi is not always great, often times he’s average and while he can have his moments he’s never world class.

But continue not playing ozil. see where that gets us.

Burleydave
Burleydave

Play him and see little or no difference

Goonerink

Then fair enough, emery would be justified. But performances aren’t improving since the honeymoon period of 22 unbeaten games.
After Rob got injured and the papers started telling their tales of injury crisis at the back, teams weren’t as afraid of us anymore and we lost confidence in our selves.

goongot
goongot

can this trash talkers shut the f up…we were scoring 2’s and 3’s amd still losing forsake.if u dont score atleast u dont concede and gain a point..Our defenders have ball sized brains for sure.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

“Koscielny: It is difficult to win if you don’t score”

Please tell me he didn’t actually say that. That’s Michael Owen level stupidity. Of all the fucking people not Kos. Say it isn’t so!

NairobiCannon
NairobiCannon

This is exhausting.

SB Still
SB Still

Did anyone else think think, they were going score? Painful afternoon. Now the weekend is screwed.

Looks like Jan is going to be a long one.

Timsh
Timsh

Obviously, shortly before or after half time always seems the most likely/easiest time to score against us. I thought they would score even earlier after Mustafi’s stupid foul resulted in the free-kick which, in the end, led to the corner where they scored from because Xhaka was doing Sunday League stuff again…

Olalekan
Olalekan

The stupid foul was because Guendouzi couldn’t control the ball. That foul is the type I expect my center half to make. Mustafi was actually the best player defensively today until he was substituted.

scott rice
scott rice

I agree. It is so easy to continue to criticise Mustafi. My reading of the mustafi foul is that the referee should have penalised west ham a second earlier for a foul on Guendouzi. In my view any handling of an opponent is a foul. Its not rugby. The clue is in the name – football. All players are guilty at times. Referees should award free kicks every time. They don’t because it is such a feature of modern football that we have reached the ridiculous situation that TV pundits start discussing the degree of holding/shirt pulling etc. Crazy. If its illegal its illegal. Drives me nuts (even if our players get away with it). Referees don’t want to stop the flow so they let some holding to go unpunished and then penalise others. This leads to inconsistency and therefore unfairness. I know some will adopt a macho attitude and say players should be strong enough to resist an attempt to wrestle with them. Irrelevant. Use of the hands on another player is illegal and (in my view) has been ruining the game for years.

Poldimacht

Are you Michael Owen in disguise?

Anne Noyd
Anne Noyd

I’d like to know our win-rate for early kick-offs. I have a feeling it’s absolutely shit.

Lanre
Lanre

Wiser words have never been said kos.

theenge
theenge

This article reminds me of arseblog’s 2015 article, “The wisdom of Michael Owen”. https://arseblog.news/2015/08/the-wisdom-of-michael-owen/. Can’t believe that Koscielny has gone down to such levels

TeeCee
TeeCee

I was worried about that until I read the bit at the end of the linked article.
A genuine “wisdom of Michael Owen” piece would be a blank page and a short one at that.

Artetasilkybush
Artetasilkybush

Difficult to win when you leak goals like us too. How many clean sheets do we have in the league this season?

Comedian
Comedian

There are no ball carrying midfield players something we lack without ozil. Looks like emery likes more of wing play but we have no natural wingers and there has to be an extra body in the box when a cross is being made, a play Ramsey did it perfectly a few seasons ago popping up in the box. The players playing forward do have to realise they will have to go towards the ball than wait for the ball to come towards them. Arsene had a luxury of ball carrying players rosicky, wilshere cazorla, nasri, fabregas. But if wing play is what Emery likes he needs to make them pass quicker. Will say was totally jealous but admired the man city Liverpool game the passing and pace of the game was what we have to achieve.

Timsh
Timsh

The passing in this game was awful due to brilliant defending from both teams. Intensity was great though..
We did it this season as well, against Liverpool and Spurs at home. Something we managed to do under Arsene from time to time too…
It doesn’t feel different at all with Emery.

scott rice
scott rice

I agree. As well as the players you mention I would add Walcott. I know the generally held opinion says his passing wasn’t always good I think he was underrated in this regard. Van Persie often benefited from Walcott’s passes and crosses. I also believe Bellerin enjoyed linking with Walcott. (In addition Walcott did manage to score more goals at the Emirates than any other player apart from Van Persie).

Arsenala Vista Baby
Arsenala Vista Baby

Koscielny is being sarcastic to Emery not playing Ozil

Neil
Neil

Only we way we make the Champion’s League next season is if we win the Europa Cup

Louie
Louie

It’s difficult to win when you’ve barely kept a clean sheet all season too. I don’t think any Arsenal defender should be be blaming the attackers when our defending is an absoute joke

Irrational Gunner

Training pitch goal this afternoon.

Leoel
Leoel

Leaving ozil out for tactical reason is stupidity….you must also take his salary out for tactical reasons….Play him and don’t waste the teams money or better sale him….the salary can be used to buy a play that will not be left out for tactical reasons

Macteez
Macteez

Kos channeling his inner Michael Owen and stating the obvious.

Seven

We need new centre backs this koscielny is old

Tony
Tony

We need to stop with the constant rotation of players and systems.
It’ impossible for any player to be in form as his position on the pitch and the job he’s asked to do changes from game to game.

We can’t expect players to be consistent when the manager isn’t.

Shane
Shane

KOS ,,your the bad omen,, since u came back we’ve bin shit,, u need to go,