'Mentally we had to push ourselves more'

It is no coincidence that our return to form against Crystal Palace coincided with a number of important players coming back into the team.

Laurent Koscielny scored in his first match of 2018, and afterwards he praised the mental qualities the side displayed.

"It was very important because the last few games we didn't play well and didn't get the three points, and we didn't give as much as we need to, to win games," he told Arsenal Player.

"Today we were focused on what we want to achieve together, we know we have the quality technically and physically but mentally we needed to push ourselves more. We just had one target and that was to win, and the first half was very good.

"In the second half we were not efficient, we lost a lot of balls and we didn't play well but we kept the win. Today was important for our confidence and confidence comes with results and wins. So today we are a little bit more confident than last week.

"Without sacrifice on the pitch, the defensive runs and offensive runs give solutions to your team-mates. If you don't keep this you can't win in the Premier league so we need to keep this."

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