Another game, another clean sheet and another win for Arsenal and Petr Čech on Saturday quietened dissatisfied fans at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners took their time to find a breakthrough, which finally came courtesy of sub Danny Welbeck, but the Arsenal goalkeeper was happy to praise Arsenal’s performance.
“It was a very difficult game for us because they have been absolutely brilliant for a long period of time,” the goalkeeper told the press after the match.
“They defended very well and very compact. When they had the ball they were dangerous on the counter-attacks.”
Čech made two strong first half saves to deny Nathan Redmond, keeping the scores level before the Gunners really got going.
The introduction of Danny Welbeck proved to be crucial and he took his chance, scoring just over a minute after stepping off the bench.
Despite having a lot of the ball, Arsenal struggled to create chances but showed some of that mental strength Arsène Wenger so often refers to by plugging away and waiting for one big opportunity.
“We had to be alert and we had to be patient. It took a while to break through and because of our persistence and patience, we managed to get a goal which was vital for us.”
A win like this would be described as something champions do earlier in the season. This Arsenal side won’t be champions but, against a tough Norwich team fighting for survival, the scrappy win wasn’t as bad as it appears.
As Čech said, credit to the players for staying patient and getting the goal in the end.