Arsenal missed Laurent Koscielny, admits Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger refuses to get "angry" about Arsenal's defeat
Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal missed Laurent Koscielny after the Gunners lost 3-2 at Stoke City.
The France international wasn’t match fit after helping the Gunners to back-to-back clean sheets and victories over the past week following his return from an Achilles injury.
Stoke striker Peter Crouch broke the deadlock in the first minute as he capitalised on poor Arsenal defending before Bojan Krkic and Jonathan Walters polished off a fine first-half display.
While Wenger was left to rue Koscielny’s absence despite his presence on the bench, the Arsenal manager admitted the Gunners could make no excuses for their poor star.
“Anger doesn’t help the team to play well. The players know we missed the start of game,” Wenger said.
“If you come here you have to be on the first ball and have to win the header. We missed the start of the game. We also missed players like Laurent Koscielny – he couldn’t play today.”
Wenger described Stoke v Arsenal as the Potters’s game of the year after Mark Hughes’s side rose to the challenge presented by the north London side.
“For Stoke, it’s their game of the year. They have more animosity against us than other teams,” Wenger added.
“In the future, we have to be prepared for more commitment. We unlock them by winning challenges and showing it from the start.”