First-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech gave his thoughts after Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Southampton yesterday evening.
The result pushes the Gunners to within three points of fourth-placed Manchester City, with three Premier League matches remaining. Liverpool have played a match more than both teams but are only a point further ahead in third, so it’s all to play for with rival clubs all battling it out for a place in next season’s Champions League.
After Sunday’s morale-boosting win over United, it was important that Arsenal didn’t fall into the traps of old and play with complacency. Replicating the scoreline they beat José Mourinho’s side by on this occasion, it could’ve been a different result altogether if not for the defensive contribution of a returning Shkodran Mustafi, in addition to Petr Cech himself.
Denying both Manolo Gabbiadini and Nathan Redmond’s efforts in the area during the first-half, his contribution was important during a season riddled with inconsistent goalkeeping displays.
As quoted by the club’s official website he said, “Of course I’m happy to contribute. I thought it was their best spell – they had two chances and when you keep a clean sheet, it’s been very difficult for them to break us.
“When you have that feeling that one goal will do it, you play with more confidence. I think it will give us a hope, because if we keep the pressure on the other teams, maybe they will have an unlucky game or drop points somewhere. We need to make sure we are ready to take advantage of that.”
Arsenal beat Southampton away in the league for the first time in 13 years and despite this surprising statistic, there is definitely still work to be done before the season is complete.
“We concentrate on our games, we go game-by-game and we have to win all of them to give ourselves a chance. Then we will see what happens.“