Koscielny Blames Wenger’s Tactics For Defeat Against Chelsea

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott during training.

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has questioned Arsene Wenger’s team selection during their crucial Premier League clash against Chelsea.

The Gunners visited the Stamford Bridge to face the current league leaders and suffered a 3-1 defeat, and the Blues ran riot thanks to goals from Marcos Alonso, Eden Hazard, and ex-Gooner Cesc Fabregas. Olivier Giroud did manage to pull one back for the away side late in the game as a consolation.

Arsenal fans failed to take this defeat too well and were quick to resume their protest against Wenger. Some of them even took to social media to express their frustration and got the hashtag ‘#WengerOut’ trending on social media.

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And now, defender Laurent Koscielny is the latest figure related to the North London club to blame the French manager, as the centre-back has questioned Wenger’s tactics and team selection that eventually led to the 3-1 loss.

The 31-year-old was quoted as saying (via The Mirror): “I think we played some players in front of others, and I think we should have played more as a team and there was space to do so. They hit us on the counter.

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“It will be difficult now. Mathematically, nothing is done but we know that it is going to be very complicated. We need to come back to the quality of our game, our passing, movement.”

Arsenal are now 12 points behind Chelsea and are as good as out of the title race for this season’s Premier League. And with another trophyless season on the cards for the Gunners, this could very well prove to be Arsene Wenger’s final season in charge of the Emirates-based outfit.


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