Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has claimed that Arsenal’s defeats against Everton and Manchester City were because of the Gunners becoming “too comfortable” after taking the lead in both the matches.
Arsenal who were leading 1-0 in both the matches ended up losing both matches in almost similar fashion.
The Gunners played Everton on 14th December, 2016. After taking the lead in 20th minute through a free kick from Alexis Sanchez. However, the Toffees fought back in the second half when Seamus Coleman headed home a Leighton Baines free kick in the 44th minute and in the 86th minute Ashley Williams scored another headed goal this time from a corner taken by Ross Barkley. Arsenal conceded both the goals from bad defensive errors which resulted in a 2-1 loss.
The Gunners traveled to Manchester four days later to face 3rd placed Manchester City and much like their defeat against Everton, Wenger’s men suffered another 2-1 loss in the same manner.
Arsenal took control of the match early when Theo Walcott scored a fifth minute opening goal to put The Gunners ahead. Arsenal went into the half time break with the 1-0 lead but soon in the second half Manchester City’s Leroy Sane scored the equalizing goal for The Citizens. Followed by a 72 minute winner scored by Raheem Sterling.
Gunners defender Koscielny claims that his side got “too comfortable” in both matches but has also claimed that the 1-0 win over West Brom on Boxing Day put them back on track.
Koscielny told Sky Sports: “It was a hard game, as West Brom played very well, they tried to play on the counter attack, which made it difficult. We were more incisive, and physically we were better than the two games before.”
Koscielny also added that it was difficult to break down the Baggies defence as they are a team who sit back very deep but the French defender was happy that his side managed to score a late winner to bag the three points.
As Wenger’s men scored first in the match against Everton and Manchester City they stopped play and waited for their opponent to do something, which resulted them to concede two goals and lose both matches; claims Koscielny.
“We were in too comfortable a position. We needed to push ourselves to score that second goal. That could make a real difference for us.”– Koscielny added.
Arsenal’s loss at Goodison Park was their first defeat this season since losing to Liverpool FC in the opening day of the season three months ago.
Koscielny also praised his fellow countrymen Olivier Giroud for his performances in recent weeks and the French defender also has said that it is important for his teammates to keep this positive mentality for the rest of the season.