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Laurent Koscielny blames Arsenal’s forwards for West Ham defeat

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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.

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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.’

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