Laurent Koscielny admits that Arsenal's defenders "hate to concede a goal".

The Gunners kept their 18th clean sheet of the season against Crystal Palace on Sunday and have now conceded just one goal in their last 11 home games.

Koscielny has been one of Arsenal's most consistent performers this campaign but says it's not just the defenders who should take credit for their goals against column.

It's the team who will be the most consistent in the league [that will win it]

Laurent Koscielny

"The team needs all the players on the pitch to do their defensive job," Koscielny told Arsenal Player. "It's very important because if you want to win, it's easier when you concede no goals.

"I think the defenders hate to concede a goal so we work hard to keep clean sheets and we did well today. We need to continue to work hard like this for the other games.

"It was physical against Crystal Palace. In the first half we played well but we didn't find a solution. In the second half with Alex [Oxlade-Chamberlain], we scored quickly and after [we got] the second goal. After that you can be calm because after 2-0 we did the job but kept calm."

Arsenal now face difficult fixtures against Liverpool and Manchester United in the next 10 days and Koscielny thinks the team's performances over the next two months will define their season.

"February is a very important for us," he said. "But the season is long and the other teams will play against the teams who try to win the league so it's a long [season] and too early to say if we can win the title.

"It's the team who will be the most consistent in the league [that will win it]. We will see but February and March will be very important for us."

Copyright 2014 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 Isaac Moore 3 Feb 2014