Kos pleased with confidence-boosting win


Laurent Koscielny says Arsenal had to mentally push themselves as they secured their first win of 2018 beating Crystal Palace 4-1 at the Emirates.

The France international, making his first appearance of the new year, scored the Gunners third goal of the afternoon as they raced to a four-goal advantage inside 22 minutes.

The win temporarily closes the gap on the top four to five points ahead of a ten game hiatus in Premier League action.

Speaking to after the game, Koscielny noted that the three points will help build confidence in the camp.

“It was very important because the last few games we didn’t play well and didn’t get the three points, and we didn’t give as much as we need to, to win games,” he told Arsenal.com.

“Today we were focused on what we want to achieve together, we know we have the quality technically and physically but mentally we needed to push ourselves more. We just had one target and that was to win, and the first half was very good.

“In the second half we were not efficient, we lost a lot of balls and we didn’t play well but we kept the win. Today was important for our confidence and confidence comes with results and wins. So today we are a little bit more confident than last week.

“Without sacrifice on the pitch, the defensive runs and offensive runs give solutions to your team-mates. If you don’t keep this you can’t win in the Premier league so we need to keep this.”

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Merlin\'s Panini

I hope Mkitaryan arrives hungry.
The opposition won’t like it when he eats their Mickeys.

Mein Bergkampf

It is handy he’ll most likely have the requisite hatred of Jose already instilled in his soul that’s needed to be a true gooner. We won’t have to give him the customary clockwork orange treatment, keeping his eyes wide open while we show him clips of interviews with Jose, interspersed with human atrocities and slow motion footage of Harry Kane’s underbite with Scouting for Girls “she’s so lovely” playing over the tannoy. Shame, apparently Steve Bould loves that part of the job…


He’s arriving low on confidence but with a large pay check so if he’s hungry he can afford the finest food in London.


SMH, sorry my friend Mahrez isn’t coming. I know you must be extremely disappointed that Arsenal just wont listen to you.

Merlin\'s Panini

You didn’t get the pun on his name did you…


10 more wins please…..COYG

Runcorn Gooner

Enjoyed watching the pantomime villain,Zaha. What a moaning,cheating,diving comedian he is.


So glad he is back.


That Greek defender has improved morale no end.

Easy tiger

Better from the team. Bring in the new players and get ready for the rest of the season.


Give Mo a run at holding midfield, just not to forget we still need a defender and a keeper.


Get oba, miki and a defender and and let’s move on


“If you don’t keep this you can’t win in the Premier league so we need to keep this.”

Too late dude, it’s better to write it down on your notes and dont forget to read right before the next season start, just focus on top 4/europa league right now, both also hard to achieve nowadays


it was ONLY c palace, don’t get carried away, its a shame that we cant play like that against the top teams


Looks to me that we were set up in a midfield diamond with two up top and a back 4.

Elneny deeper released Granit to do better work higher up but either or both of Jack and Granit drop to close gaps with Elneny. Elneny did OK (as expected) some decent passes forward but still very flimsy tackling, one of which could have easily been another soft penalty against us. Simply put we sold our best tackler because we can’t sell Elneny. That said, hope he improves because he is one of few options now.

I don’t think AMN is a great idea for midfield. He will have to learn from scratch again (never mind experience in academy). Yesterday’s game he was guilty of not tracking his runner on several occasions leading to 2 goal scoring chances for them.

Maybe Wenger might experiment with Mhykitarian controlling midfield much as he has done converting players like Arteta and Santi before. His experience may help if he should be able to show a robust streak.

Regardless, if we can play two up top, maybe Aubameyang and Lacazette might work but my worry is because the midfield is narrow, against a more discipline defense, we will get blocked through the middle and we are reliant on the fullbacks to add width with consequence to counters against our flanks behind them.

OTOH, passing was decidedly more crisp yesterday albeit we struggled second half when Palace did their job and closed us down higher (particularly putting pressure on the wide players)

If there is an indication how we will fare, I’d also take into account our less convincing second half rather than get too carried away by the first half.

We’ve been here before (many times now) so a bit of perspective.


A 10 game* league hiatus … fuck the interlull. We are just starting to look good. Bring us the league cup, Europa petrol league, second in epl with late surge.


Ok Arsene. Now bring Auba and a strong DM and get the party started!