Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has revealed the Gunners squad doubted whether they and manager Arsene Wenger could turn their season around.
The France international described the beginning of the season as a ‘catastrophe’ and claimed the Emirates Stadium side were not sure they could reverse their fortunes after the loss of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.
However, he claimed that they have managed to put third place in the Premier League in their own hands by keeping belief and working hard to turn things around – he also suggested that the squad gelling with the new players that came in on transfer deadline day had something to do with the resurgence.
“The beginning of the season was a catastrophe,” he said in an interview with France Football magazine.
“We’d lost players who were key to our system. We recruited late, and it took a while for us to gel.
“We were whopped at Old Trafford. Everybody thought we were dead and buried.”
The 26-year-used an interesting analogy to describe the poor start and admitted every member of the squad was questioning themselves.
“It can happen that a grain of sand falls in the machine, and the machine stalls; then you start to have doubts about your qualities, your club, your coach, everything... We had to put the house back in order,” added to former Lorient man.
Koscielny has been one of the Gunners' most consistent performers this season and will be hoping he can put in one more good showing on Sunday at West Brom.
If Arsenal can beat the Baggies in their final Premier League fixture of the season, they will guarantee third place and an automatic Champions League qualification spot.
His explanation about how the club recovered as the season went on could give his side motivation ahead of the Hawthorns trip.
“The squad wasn’t giving enough for the club, and was aware of it,” he admitted.
“We got back to work, we told each other the things that needed to be told; after which, one win, two wins, confidence comes back, and things follow from then on. The new players gelled in the squad, and here we are.”