Koscielny still worried about Arsenal’s confidence

Arsenal had an excellent start to the season, and by the New Year after winning five games out of six they were right behind Leicester and looking like hot favourites to open up a gap on the chasing pack. Then in January the Gunners collapse began. Liverpool gained a last minute draw, Stoke held us to 0-0 and then Chelsea took all three points (as usual) but Arsenal were still in the title race due to our rivals also dropping points right, left and centre.

Early February saw us rally with wins over Bournemouth and League leaders Leicester and we were back on track. Then the great collapse started. The defeat to a decimated Manchester United was hard to take, but the following home embarrassment against Swansea reserves was the final nail in the coffin. The draw at Tottenham and the defeat in Barcelona have seen the Gunners playing well, but there are still not many points forthcoming. The confidence levels this year seem to have dropped away, which is hard to understand after our excellent start to the campaign.

Laurent Koscielny thinks that we now have to try and work harder to get that confidence back, but with 11 points between us and the leaders we are running out of time to regain our mojo. “We are frustrated because the most important thing in a game is to finish with three points, which we have not done [much],” Koscielny said on Arsenal.com. “We haven’t been fighting like we did in the last six months because we lost a little confidence in ourselves and it is harder to win some games.

“We need to come back and help our team-mates with defending, attacking and a controlled passing movement. We didn’t lose our capacity physically or our technique, we just need to do more.

“We also need to come back to our basics, be simple and then the confidence will come back.

“When we get a win, it will be better and after we can play with more confidence, movement and try things we didn’t do before. We need to get back to this and when the results come back, we will be stronger.”

That win will have to come tomorrow against a mid-table Everton, but the Toffees had a confidence boosting win themselves over Chelsea last week and will be keen to build on that. If Koscielny thinks we still haven’t got our own confidence back then tomorrow’s game could be very, very difficult.

So where and how did it all suddenly go wrong?

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  1. When are we gonna start winning our home games atleast. Thats the area that used to give us the most confidence.Even teams like Man City used to fear a trip to the Emirates.

  2. I have said it before and I will say it again. Let us change our tactics for the rest of the games by starting the game with our fighters first to fight and tire the opposition and let Ozil come in the second half to do his sniper job with enough space to exploit. Ramsey can come in the second half in attack as well. If we don’t do this, we will continue to play well and loose these games.

    Bell – Mert\Gab – Kos – Monreal

    Coquelin – El Neny


    Campbell – Giroud – Welbeck

  3. confidence or not there is nothing in this arsenal squad worth celebrating.
    We have a bunch of too many averagers and only cech is world class.
    Expect lukaku to destroy our sorry defence inside out.
    He might get a hattrick tommorow.

    I predict
    Everton 4 arsenal 2

  4. Buy a worldclass striker and 90 percent of our problems will be solve. When RVP was in Arsenal walcot was unplayable. Iron sharpneth iron

    1. That was a time Walcott was putting effort in playing as RW, ever since his renewed contract he hasn’t been bothered and has been very mediocre in that position. And as a CF he’s very average, he should either stay as a bench player or be sold that’s the reality.

      1. GL
        true words re w….t which dolt thumbed you down?? Maybe thats why england is performing badly on the international stage, a player who isnt a regular starter for his club in the english team

  5. the same way as cohesion spirit and all the other bs excuses wenger uses to explain away the one thing that matters….his own decent in to managerial mediocrity

  6. The goals have dried up.
    Giroud has been our best
    but has played the most.
    Ramsey Walcott Ox
    can’t find their form.
    Sanchez was out a long time and since
    his return has yet to find his touch.
    Wellbeck as usual scores straight after
    returning but is fading already.
    Campbell has irregular game time.
    Iwobi is a promising light.
    Ozil remains supreme.
    On paper we have the most depth in goal scoring.
    But its not happening.
    Cech out, Gabriel struggling and Le Coq
    struggling with fitness is compounding the issue.
    To be fair Utd and Chelsea have been worse
    and City though better up front are woeful in defense.
    Now Leicester from nowhere and our mates
    up the road are vying with us for the title.
    Everton is a must win and I believe we will win.
    Lukaku will pull a hamy in the warm up and won’t play 🙂
    2-0 Gunners

  7. It’s hard to predict an Arsenal game for now….

    Quite sad after starting the season in a decent matter and we had high hopes of the premier league… I remember some pundits on skysports predicted that Arsenal will win the league (can’t remember his name) but He wanted Arsenal to win it real bad….

    I don’t think Arsenal will win the league…

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