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Arsenal's Arteta: Don't blame Koscielny

Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal lost to Chelsea because of poor defending.

Though centre-half Laurent Koscielny could have done better with both goals, midfielder Arteta insists every one of the Arsenal players must stand up and be counted.

"We have conceded three goals from three set-pieces in the last two games that cost us points and it is not good enough," said Arteta.

"I don't think it is something to do with the defence, it is to do with an individual set-up in the game, which is a free-kick or a corner or whatever, and we haven't defended the ball well enough and we conceded three goals in those two games.

"You cannot blame one player, you have to clear the lines so quickly and you cannot allow runners like that in the box, and it was the same sort of ball for both goals.

"It hurts when you lose points at home against teams like that and you feel you haven't deserved to lose. It is frustrating, but I think it was our own fault because we didn't defend those set-pieces."

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