Today's Top Words:
arsenal league transfer but move from premier gunners deal p season could we player club
Laurent Koscielny blames Arsenal’s forward for West Ham defeat

Below is a summary of the full article. Click here for the full version or go back to Arsenal Live

Laurent Koscielny wasn’t happy with Arsenal’s forwards during the defeat at West Ham (Picture: Getty)

Laurent Koscielny believes Arsenal’s creative players were to blame for his side’s costly defeat against West Ham.

Chelsea can move six points clear of their London rivals in the race for fourth place with a win over Newcastle after Unai Emery’s side were beaten 1-0 at the London Stadium.

Only Bournemouth and Fulham have now conceded more times away from home this season following Declan Rice’s 48th minute winner, but Arsenal club captain Koscielny felt a lack of penetration and calmness on the ball was the key reason the Gunners slumped to a fifth Premier League defeat of the campaign.

More: Football

Tactical decision? There's only one reason Unai Emery is refusing to pick Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil speaks out after being dropped by Unai Emery for Arsenal's defeat to West Ham

Sir Alex Ferguson joins Man Utd players at training before Tottenham clash

Advertisement Advertisement

Emery fielded Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in attack but neither player looked capable of finding a way past Lukasz Fabianski, while Alex Iwobi and Matteo Guendouzi struggled to find a decisive pass.

‘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,’ said Koscielny, whose side failed to muster a shot on goal after the 68th minute.

Declan Rice scored West Ham’s winning goal in the 48th minute (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal Shots per game

2018/19 12.6
17/18 – 15.6
16/17 – 14.9
15/16 – 15.0
14/15 – 16.1
13/14 – 13.8
12/13 – 15.7
11/12 – 16.8
10/11 – 17.2
09/10 – 17.4
08/09 – 17.4
07/08 – 16.5
06/07 – 16.8
05/06 – 14.6
04/05 – 14.9
03/04 – 14.2

— Orbinho (@Orbinho) January 12, 2019

‘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.’

More: Arsenal FC

Waving goodbye? Marko Arnautovic appears to bid farewell to West Ham fans

Jack Wilshere names the 'dream' player Unai Emery has at Arsenal

Two reasons why Denis Suarez wants to join Arsenal

Advertisement Advertisement Share this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linkShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitter MoreArsenal FCLaurent KoscielnyUnai EmeryThe X Factor judges have massively improved how they speak to contestantsRomance in Rhodes or finding a kids’ paradise in Kos: There is a perfect Greek island for youBros' Luke Goss is 'sick of being ridiculed' over band's documentaryWhat is Intel Optane laptop technology and why do you need to care about it? View article comments »
For more news relating to Chelsea, visit our sister site Chelsea Live.
Click to visit Metro | Click to return to Arsenal Live
Share Arsenal Live



Dont Buy The Sun



rss icon



Arsenal News - Chelsea News - Everton News - Liverpool FC News - Man City News - Manchester United News - Newcastle News - Spurs News - West Ham News - Celtic News - Rangers News - < - Contact

©2018 Arsenal Live.

Valid XHTML 1.0 StrictDont Buy The Sun [Valid RSS]