Koscielny doesn't believe Arsenal have 'mental block for knockout games'
- Laurent Koscielny's pre-BATE press conference.
- Koscielny insists all the players on the pitch have to do their defensive work well.
- Being more consistent is what the team need but there is definitely no 'mental blocks', according to the Arsenal man.
On struggling to keep clean sheets
"In the game against BATE we knew we had the possession, after we need to be more efficient. If we scored the first opportunity against them I think the game is totally different. They just waited for a free kick or corner, and in football you can miss a duel and concede a goal.
"It is important that all the players on the pitch do their defensive job well. It starts with our strikers when we want to press very high, it makes it easier for our defenders to win back the ball. It is a collective job and we need to be more consistent in this and work harder."
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On whether there is a mental block for knockout games
"No, I think all the games I played with Arsenal have been different in every game. I played against big teams and it was hard and often against the winner of the Champions League, I think about Barca and Bayern, so it’s difference.
"But today we are more positive about what we want to achieve together, the most important is to win. After we know how we want to play our game, but most important is the final result. It is difficult but we are professional and we want to go to the final. We know we need to play very well tomorrow as we are in a bad position at this moment, but for 90 minutes we can play well and reach the next round."