Soccer Football - Europa League - Arsenal Training - Arsenal Training Centre, St Albans, Britain - November 22, 2017 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Laurent Koscielny during training - Action Images – Reuters/Tony O'Brien
CAIRO – 27 November 2017: Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny said that the three points won at Burnley on Sunday were more important than Arsenal's 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates stadium the week before.
With a 2-0 win over Tottenham at home and a 1-0 win away at Burnley, Arsenal advanced to fourth place, taking advantage of points dropped by their rivals.
"I think it was very important, more than the Tottenham game," Koscielny told British media. "It was crucial to win here.”
"You are always happy because you score a late goal and have three points,” Koscielny said.
"They had the same points as us and play very direct football. They cross very well and up front, they have some players who can score headers, so it was very difficult." He added.
Arsenal have not conceded a goal in the last five league games, for which Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal and Koscielny have manned the back line.
"It's always important for a defender to keep clean sheets," the 32-year-old France international stated.
"It's easier for everyone on the pitch when we work together and then afterwards we have the quality to get forward and create opportunities to score. We need to keep this in our heads and continue like this." He added.
Arsenal will host Huddersfield Town on Wednesday in the next round of the Premier League.