Arsenal’s dream of winning the 2015/2016 Premier League finally ended yesterday after a draw with West Ham saw them falling ten points behind leaders Leicester City with just six games left to play.
The result was all the more difficult to take after the Gunners had gone 2-0 up in the first half and looked to have the game completely under control. However, a series of crosses into the box caused major defensive problems as the six foot four inch Andy Carroll repeatedly dominated the aerial duels.
The former Liverpool and Newcastle striker scored three goals in quick succession flipping the game on its head as West Ham took a 3-2 lead.
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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny managed to salvage a point from the game scoring in the 70th minute. However, speaking after the final whistle, the French international seemed to point the finger at some of his teammates stating that defensive duties should not rest only on the efforts of the back four.
“You can’t let them get a cross in easy because they have some good players on the wings,” he said.
“It is a job for everyone, not just the defenders. The guys on the flanks need to help their team-mates with defending.”
Seemingly specifically calling out Arsenal’s wide men, Koscielny did also accept some responsibility for the Carroll hat trick himself stating that he should have been stronger in the air.
“He is quality when it comes to heading the ball. If you want to win the duel, you need to be stronger and arrive early on the cross.”