Koscielny: We need to maintain defensive focus

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Laurent Koscielny says Arsenal must continue to focus on defending as a team if they are to keep up the momentum that has seen them climb to fourth in the Premier League table.

The Gunners kept a second consecutive league clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Burnley today and the Frenchman thinks solidity at the back is the perfect foundation for the attacking players.

Speaking to Arsenal Player after today’s win, Koscielny explained: “It’s always important for a defender. It’s not just the back three or the back five, though. When we play like this, we defend together and help our team-mates.

“Like we did last week [against Sp*rs], it’s easier for everyone on the pitch when we work together and then afterwards we have the quality to get forward and create opportunities to score.

“We need to keep this in our heads and continue like this.”

For the second season in a row it took a late, late goal to secure the points at Turf Moor. It was a result that was hard to come by.

“It was a difficult game,” admitted Koscielny. “They had the same points as us and play very direct football.

“They cross very well and up front they have some players who can score headers, so it was very difficult.

“They’ve only conceded two goals at home before, so we knew it was a difficult game here for us to get the three points. We are very happy because Burnley played well in the first half and put lots of pressure on us.

“We stayed focused on our defensive job to keep the clean sheet, so we are very happy.”

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