Koscielny delivers verdict on new Arsenal system after win v Middlesbrough, makes honest admission
By Matt Bullin
Arsenal and France defender Laurent Koscielny has revealed his side was in a “bad situation” before the win over Middlesbrough on Monday night, but added they are intelligent enough to adapt to the new system.
The 31-year-old played 90 minutes as the Gunners won 2-1 at the Riverside thanks to goals from Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
Interestingly the French centre-back played as part of a back three, as Wenger employed a 3-4-3 formation in an effort to make his side more compact.
The formation saw Koscielny play alongside Rob Holding and Gabriel, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Nacho Monreal operating as wing-backs.
However, after the victory the 31-year-old admitted his side’s mindset was not good before the match.
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Speaking on Sky Sports, as quoted by the Daily Express, Koscielny said: “It was important to have the three points, we were in a bad situation.
“We had to come back with quality, it was not perfect but we tried and it’s good to come back with the win.
“It’s good for confidence, which will come back slowly. We are intelligent, we have experience to play a different system.”
Koscielny has suffered with injuries in recent weeks, but he has still managed to make 37 league and cup appearances this term, scoring two goals.
The win at the Riverside leaves the Gunners in sixth as they move ahead of Everton on goal difference.
They still trail Man United by three points, while they are seven points behind Man City in fourth.
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