Koscielny calls on Arsenal 'to stay together, to fight together'

Koscielny calls on Arsenal 'to stay together, to fight together'

Koscielny calls on Arsenal 'to stay together, to fight together'

Former colleges of Wenger have always praised the Frenchman for his ability to go back to basics.

Why? "Because I've done it before".

"I have battled with this man, I can never say that".

So. He hasn't done it before, then. It was the first time they've lost to a newly promoted side since a 2-1 defeat at QPR back in March 2012, ending a 35-match unbeaten streak.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replied for Arsenal just before halftime.

Within seven minutes of a match in which they were supposed to be restoring some pride after three defeats, one it can't be forgotten being to Ostersunds, they were behind.

Midfielder Wilshere called on supporters to "stick with us" as Arsenal try to salvage their season. He knocked back into the danger zone and his fellow Brighton centre back Lewis Dunk cracked into the back of the net.

Further individual errors would cost Arsenal later in the half as Laurent Koscielny's pass out of defence was misplaced and the Seagulls broke forward, with Gross crossing in for Murray to head home unmarked for his sixth goal in as many games, with Cech at fault once again. But truth, there could have been more.

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Chelsea got through that first half, only to concede within 33 seconds of the second half when David Silva crossed for Bernardo Silva to force in a finish at the far post.

"Look, I don't want to talk about my future today".

But they would halve the arrears before heading in for the break, Iwobi capitalising on some uncertain Brighton defending and passing to Granit Xhaka, whose pass was turned home by Aubameyang.

The belief is that Arsenal will only look to entertain bids from around £45million and above for the talented defender who may decide that the time has to come for a new challenge to kickstart his career. By this time, Danny Welbeck was on, running into blind corners, and Mesut Ozil had faded into a face of frustration.

"Overall, on top of that, we made some defensive mistakes, where they took advantage of it as well".

Koscielny also believes returning to the top four is now a big ask, adding: "It will be very hard to finish in the top four". "We have to be realistic. It's a bad period but we need everyone who likes this club - players, fans and staff - to be together and to fight to be as high as we can". The Gunners still have a shot at silverware through the Europa League, and what is their best chance of Champions League action this season, yet even that will be a struggle for the north London side.

The issue for Arsenal fans right now though is that the only man who can make that decision is Stan Kroenke, and he seems quite unwilling to do anything about a situation that is now basically untenable.

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