Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has refused to rule out a possible dream comeback against Bayern Munich, despite a disastrous loss in Germany.
The Gunners succumbed to a devastating 5-1 defeat last night, and now face a dreading three week wait until they get the chance to try and save face with their own win in London.
Arsenal have lost in the opening leg of this stage of the competition for the sixth time running, (it is so predictable that I am thinking of investing in the best Sports Betting Software, just so I can take bets on Arsenal!), before getting a respectable result in the second-leg, and on many occasions do just enough in the return leg to miss out by just one goal, or on two occasions, to lose on away goals.
This is becoming very routine, and while our task of trying to get to the next round of the tournament looks too big, Laurent Koscielny is refusing to rule out the possibility.
‘In football, you never know,’ he told the club’s website.
‘We are professional, we have a second leg and we will try to win. But after a game like this it’s very difficult.
‘But we’ll fight because we are professional and we play for Arsenal.’
The defender was substituted on minute 49 yesterday, which seemed to be the beginning of our demise at the Allianz Arena, with our side holding onto a 1-1 draw at the time of his departure.
It rings bells and reminds me of how we conceded four goals to Liverpool in the opening match of the campaign, while the French defender was yet to return from the European Championships, and it almost seems as if we have no organisation without Laurent at centre-back.
The defender refused to blame his departure on the result however. He said: “I don’t know either [what went wrong]. I think the first half was good – we were deep, like you need to be, and tried not to give them space or opportunities to score.
“It being 1-1 at half-time was good for us but after we conceded the second goal, I think we needed to stay more compact because we had a second leg at home. When you can win [there], you need to stay together, defend together with all 11 players and keep this. Tonight we didn’t. Bayern played very well – they have some top-class players who can make the difference in front.”
Can we play without Koscielny in the side? And can we really overturn such a big loss?