Koscielny: Arsenal stronger after Bradford humbling
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny insists lessons have been learnt after their shock cup exit
Arsenal centre-back, Laurent Koscielny, has said that Arsene Wenger's side have learnt a lot from their humiliating defeat to League Two outfit, Bradford City.
A strong Arsenal side crashed out of the Capital One Cup back in December, losing on penalties to Phil Parkinson's side. The result shocked the footballing world, and the north London side are looking to ensure there are no further slip-ups to lower league opposition ahead of their FA Cup trip to Championship side Brighton this weekend.
Speaking to Arsenal's official website, Koscielny said: "The lesson is that it is not just with your quality that you can win a game. All of the team must concentrate and want the same thing.
"We must be prepared to fight and stay focused on our quality and play our football like we do in every game. If [we play] like this then we can win every game."
Brighton knocked out struggling Newcastle in the previous round and have won many plaudits for their attractive brand of passing football under boss Gus Poyet. But the Frenchman is confident that it will be Arsenal progressing into the next round this weekend.
"Whether it is the FA Cup or the French Cup, it's all the same: the smaller teams always want to win against the big teams," he said.
"They would like to beat Arsenal, so it will be hard and we will have to fight. We must play our football to win this game.
"We are favourites, so there is a little more pressure when you play. It will be difficult but if we keep our quality and play our football, we can win."
Arsenal will go into the game full of confidence after their 5-1 mauling of West Ham United last night in the Premier League.
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