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Koscielny: Arsenal “slept” at start, but can be proud of comeback

France Soccer Champions League

PSG’s Angel Di Maria, right, and Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny challenge for the ball during the Champions League group A soccer match group between Paris Saint Germain and Arsenal at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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Arsenal allowed a goal just 42 seconds into its much-anticipated UEFA Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday.

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Fortunately for the Gunners, goalkeeper David Ospina stood on his head and an inspired second half found a deserved equalizer off the boot of Alexis Sanchez.

[ MORE: UCL Tuesday roundup ]

But these slow starts are beginning to trend for Arsenal, and longtime Gunners defender Laurent Koscielny wants it to stop.

From the BBC:

“Maybe in the final third we didn’t find the good ball to score, but we came back. During the game against Southampton in the Premier League we slept and we need to change this in the future. We need to be strong from the first minute to the end.

“Both teams tried to play nice football tonight. It was a good game.”


The introduction of Olivier Giroud changed the game for Arsenal, though the Gunners were also helped by a wasteful day from PSG striker Edinson Cavani (Giroud later took a red card).

But Koscielny is right, PSG had put the ball in the net before Arsenal had much of a chance to look at the thing. If they get out of bed before the opening whistle, this could’ve been three points in hand.

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