'We are not 11 players, we are 25'

How important was this win for us, and why is Olivier Giroud such an important player?

Laurent Koscielny answered these questions and more in his post-match interview on Monday. Read on for a transcript:

on the importance of the win…
It was so important because last week we lost two games in seven days and we wanted to get back to winning three points. It was a hard game because West Brom play with their qualities, which include making big blocks, and that made it hard for us to find a good solution. We kept our calm, we tried to continue to play left and right and move their block, and we know you can always find a solution at the beginning or end of games against teams like these. Today we scored in the last minute with Oli. It’s normal for us to win these games.


on West Brom putting up a good fight…
With their quality, we knew they would come with a good block and defend all together. They have the commitment they need and try to defend together, but we wanted the three points more. We tried to play with the ball on the floor and play quick passes, and today it was very important to go home with the three points. It was an important win.

on Giroud's confidence…
He stayed focused with the team. We are not 11 or 18 players, we are 25 players. All the players who play for Arsenal have a big part to play during the season because of injuries and suspensions, and everyone needs to be ready to fight for this club. Today, Oli started and he tried to give his best on the pitch. He fought and it’s good for him to score the winning goal.

on the confidence coming back…
We lost the first game of the season and we came back with a good run and a lot of wins. We lost two games in a week last week and it was very important to come back with a win. The confidence will come back when you win and the most important thing now is to continue to win games in a row so that hopefully we can get into the first position.


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