After the frustrating 1-1 draw with Tottenham in Sunday’s early kick-off, Petr Čech revealed that the side are disappointed about the result, and explained how they lost their momentum after Harry Kane’s penalty strike just minutes after the restart.
Kevin Wimmer’s headed own goal gave the Gunners a slender advantage going into the interval, and a victory would’ve propelled Arsenal into top spot – albeit for a few hours – after Liverpool’s 6-1 thrashing of Watford.
However, things changed drastically after Laurent Koscielny was penalizsd for a tackle on Mousa Dembele just inside the area, and the returning Harry Kane continued his impressive scoring run against us to equalise in the 51st minute.
Čech himself was unlucky not to save the spot-kick despite diving the wrong way, but conceded the side’s disappointment that they couldn’t get the job done in-front of the Emirates faithful.
As quoted by the club’s official website, “We’re disappointed to have only got one point because we were 1-0 up and in a good position at half-time, so it gave us the opportunity to go into the second half and use it to our advantage.
“The early equaliser in the second half changed the momentum of the game. They played with more confidence in the second half and we lost the rhythm a little bit after they equalised. We came back into it but we were too late. We are disappointed to have dropped two points.”
Spurs themselves started proceedings brightly, and with Mauricio Pochettino trying a three-at-the-back formation, it was interesting to see how the visitors would begin. As things continued though, Arsenal got more involved and created more openings in the final third.
Čech admitted Spurs “pressed really well at the start”, meaning they couldn’t enjoy their usual attacking freedom from the offset.
“Going ahead obviously helped with that [confidence] but that changed after the equaliser,” he added.
“In the last part of the game, we should’ve been calmer in the last five or ten minutes because we had some opportunities around the edge of their box but we never had the calmness to find the right pass.”
After the rest of Sunday’s results, Arsenal now sit in 4th place with their unbeaten run extending to sixteen matches (all competitions). Level on points with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City but with a worse goal difference, they’re two points behind leaders Liverpool and when asked about whether title winners can deal with disappointing days, Čech remained upbeat.
“If you keep your consistency then you have a chance to do it.
“We are in a very good position with a lot of games to be played. Obviously you need to make sure you compete for every game.
“If we keep our run going then we will be near the top and will have a chance.”