Koscielny happy with how Arsenal's season has gone
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is content with how this season has gone despite the Gunners not being able to maintain their early-season title push, according to Arsenal.com.
Arsenal had led the Premier League table during the first half of the campaign, but the second half proved somewhat less inspiring, with the Emirates outfit only qualifying for the Champions League near the very end of the season, but they did end their nine-year trophy hoodoo by beating Hull in the FA Cup final earlier this month.
Koscielny says he is satisfied with how things have gone on the whole, a stance reflected in the fact that the 28-year-old recently penned a new long-term deal to remain in north London. The French international said: “t’s been a good season. We started well in the first six months, and after that we had two months when we had some difficult results and conceded a lot of goals.
“During those first six months we played well and sometimes not so well, but we were very strong. At the back every player did their jobs defensively and we conceded less goals, which was very important for us. We stayed a long time in first place, but the season is very long and we knew would have some troughs. We needed to play differently and stay strong, and we didn’t.
“We need to learn from this and I think next season will be different. When we make mistakes we learn from them and we will not do the same next time.”
Arsenal were known for having bad luck when it came to a growing injury list during the latter stages of the campaign, and Koscielny acknowledged this – having himself endured an enforced absence at a critical stage of the season.
He continued: “We need to have all our players fit and when you lose Aaron after Christmas, Theo at the beginning of January, Wilshere after the England game, then Mesut and me, it makes it difficult.
“When you have a lot of injuries, to players who are very important to the team, it is difficult to win something. We need to be together like a unit, like the last few months we played and then we can see if we can do something [next year].”
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