The French defender has called for the Gunners to win the games against their title rivals and that they must ensure they come out on top in matches where they haven’t played well
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has told his team-mates that grinding out results against the biggest sides will be key if they’re to win the Premier League title.
Arsene Wenger’s men have made a strong start to the season, claiming six wins from their opening eight games to ensure they’re level on points with leaders Manchester City.
With the club aiming for their first league title since 2004, Koscielny has said that being able to grind out results when not playing particularly well will also be vital.
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“If you want to be champions, you have to win the tough games,” he told Sky Sports.
“The most important thing is to win games when you are not playing well. We need to come out of games saying, ‘it was difficult, but we won 1-0’.
“It’s important to have this during the season whenever we have bad moments or when it’s difficult to play our football.
“We need to stay strong like a unit, defend together and win games 1-0, that’s the most important thing.”
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Arsenal thrashed Ludogorets 6-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday but Koscielny has called for focus ahead of the meeting with Middlesbrough on Saturday.
He said: “We beat Ludogorets 6-0 but we need to keep our feet on the floor.
“The squad is better, we are more experienced and we have played together a long time.
“The league is very long – it’s a marathon, not a sprint. We can see from last season that it’s difficult to stay high in the table.”