Last Wednesday’s Champions League encounter between Bayern Munich and Arsenal left a sour taste in every Gunner’s mouth, and Arsene Wenger had good defenses which his player Laurent Koscielny believes to be justified.
The Frenchman says his dream was shattered within 25 minutes of a disastrous outing at the Allianz Arena.
He told Arsenal.com that the match proved a nightmare to him and his heartsick players who traveled all the way to Germany with big dreams but left with heads bowed in shame.
Speaking in a post-match interview, the coach admitted that it was a strange game to lose 5-1.
In his words: “[It was so] because I feel in the first half we played quite well. We had some good chances just before half-time. After, we got a few blows – the first to Koscielny, and then we conceded two goals in minutes 53 and 56.
“On the second goal we were really [let down] because it was a corner for us, we had five players in the box and there were two balls on the pitch when they started again.
“The real problem we faced was after the third goal, because we lost our organisation and we looked mentally very jaded. From that moment on, the last 25 minutes were a nightmare for us because we looked like we had no response.”
He continued: “I think we have to analyse that, but it looks like that from outside. We lost our organisation, we lost our centre back. But after the third one it was a combination of [mentality] and organisation. Before that, we controlled them quite well.
Meanwhile, Laurent says he agrees their poor outing was a result of so many regrettable factors as the boss argues. However, the player expressed hope that the scoreline could spring surprises after a second-leg home game for Wenger’s men.
The French player who plays as a center-back for Arsenal and serves as his national team’s vice captain, admits that Bayern were a better team during the encounter.
He said: “In the first half we did the job and in the second half with their quality it was more difficult,” adding that “in football, you never know. We are professional, we have a second leg and we will try to win.”
The 31-year-old was eligible to play for Poland as a result of his bloodline, but chose France after getting a call-up.
He made his debut for the France national team on 4 February 2011. Since then, he has represented the country at UEFA Euro 2012, UEFA Euro 2016, and at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Laurent was part of the squad which lost to Portugal at the finals of Euro 2016.