By Joe Brewin
Laurent Koscielny admits Arsenal simply ran out of steam against AC Milan on Tuesday night.
A thrilling first half had put Arsène Wenger’s side back in the tie as they chipped away at the Italians’ four-goal lead, with Koscielny himself opening the scoring in the sixth minute.
The France international also kept Milan dangerman Zlatan Ibrahimovic at bay but he concedes that Arsenal’s blistering opening period eventually took its toll.
“It was difficult because we were tired after 45 minutes,” Koscielny told Arsenal Player. “We gave everything on the pitch and that is that. We learn and it is the first game that killed us.
“Every player fought together to help his team-mates. It is good for the team and now we must do that in the championship too. We want to play in the Champions League next year so we have to finish in third or fourth place.
“It was important to score quickly in the first half. I scored and I was happy because my family were here. For the team it was good because soon after the second goal came. It was good but now we turn to the championship where we want to win the next game.
“When you play a game like that you just want to play another and it is exciting. Every player is focused on the next game against Newcastle and we want to win and finish in at least fourth place.”
Watch the full interview with Laurent on Arsenal Player.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 7 Mar 2012