Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny lamented his side’s inability to cut out the crosses from wide areas as he spoke of the difficulties in marking West Ham United ace Andy Carroll, the London Evening Standard reports.
The Hammers striker bagged a hat-trick as the East London club came from two goals down to lead the Gunners 3-2 before Koscielny earned his side a point with a second-half equaliser.
The visitors looked in total control heading towards the half-time interval, yet two goals within a minute brought West Ham level and from an Arsenal perspective both finishes were avoidable.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Koscielny spoke of the importance of stopping West Ham’s threat at source and he suggests the defending from the wide men in particular wasn't good enough.
“[Carroll] is quality when it comes to heading the ball. If you want to win the duel, you need to be stronger and arrive early on the cross,” Koscielny told London Evening Standard.
“You can’t let them get a cross in easy because they have some good players on the wings. It is a job for everyone, not just the defenders. The guys on the flanks need to help their team-mates with defending.”
The two who started for the Gunners in wide areas were Alexis Sanchez and Alex Iwobi, two players who contributed greatly going forward but were also susceptible to leaving their full-backs exposed.
The draw does little for either team’s end-of-season aspirations, what with West Ham vying for a place in the top four and Arsene Wenger’s side still harbouring slim hopes of a Premier League title triumph.
It has been a similar story for Arsenal in terms of throwing points away, and one has to question whether their inability to challenge is a case of personnel on the pitch or how they are being set up by the coaching staff.