Koscielny: Arsenal were 'timid', blames it on...

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has been speaking about his side's loss to Manchester United.

Arsenal lost 1-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, and manager Arsene Wenger bemoaned his side's 'nervous' first half display.

He is not the only one, with central defender Laurent Koscielny also admitting his side were not at the races early on.

Speaking to L'Equipe, the Arsenal centre-back said the heavy week - with wins over Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund - had taken it's toll.

"In the first half, we were a little timid. Second, it was better, Manchester United gave us the ball, but we had a little trouble offensively.

"They had played a lot of matches. Maybe physically, there has been a small drop in speed, but there is always a good atmosphere in the group."

He went onto vow Arsenal would come back stronger after the international break. Providing the Gunners can avoid their players picking up further injuries, he may just be right.

It has come at the right time for Arsenal, with Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker given time to recover from a virus, while an unusually below par Mathieu Flamini will have more chance to recuperate back to full fitness.

Longer term absentees Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott will also take a step nearer to returns, and Tomas Rosicky will also be back.

There are plenty of reasons why Arsenal should just chalk this one up as being beaten on the day, and focus on how bitter the taste of defeat is, and vowing now to experience it again any time soon.

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