Laurent Koscielny concedes Arsenal are unlikely to finish in the top four

Laurent Koscielny concedes Arsenal are unlikely to finish in the top four

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny admits it will be "very hard" for the club to qualify for the Champions League after another damaging Premier League defeat at the hands of Brighton.

"We have (had) a bad period and did not have the results we wanted". "We tried but nothing is with us".

"How do you get back into Champions League football and use that to entice the world's best players to come to the Emirates?"

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"As players, we have responsibility on the pitch and need to be together".

"More importantly I think there's a long-term concern here as Arsenal continue to slip further and further away from what has become a top four and now top five". They play the first leg of their last-16 tie against Milan in Italy on Thursday.

4 - successive defeats for the Gunners in three different competitions, with Brighton adding to back-to-back losses against Manchester City (league and Carabao Cup final) as well as Ostersund in the Europa League. He did not hide from the impact.

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Wenger has been the target for much of the fans' anger, which surfaced again in chants for the manager's sacking on Sunday, but Koscielny said blame was shared. "The club are together and we need to stay together".

"We need to win to have more freedom on the pitch and we need to stay together because it is a bad period but all the players, staff and fans need to know that we are all together".

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