Petr Čech credits Arsenal for turning the game around against Burnley in the second half to pick up a valuable three points.
Arsenal had to wait until the very last moments of the match to win it against Burnley on Sunday, probably leaving many fans’ nerves in tatters and inspiring an outburst of emotion on the final whistle.
Čech was asked by Arsenal.com whether the team felt the same sense of relief. He insisted he’d rather they got one sooner, saying: “You would like to score earlier and have a little bit of control over the last few minutes.
“It shows that when you are in a game, if you keep working towards scoring a goal and try to find a way to break them down [you can]. I think that we persisted because Burnley were very well organised and they defended really well.
“In the first half they created more chances and put us under pressure, while in the second half we improved our performance and I thought that was the key.”
The Gunners were definitely more in control in the second half. Before the break, the chances were pretty much even, and Burnley hit the woodwork. You felt there was always a chance Arsenal could steal a win at the end, and so they did.
Cech has to take some credit for keeping the Gunners in the game in the first-half when Burnley were creating more opportunities.
He didn’t have a huge number of saves to make, but he impressed when called upon from a Robbie Brady free-kick and Gudmundsson shot from close range. He deservedly earned a clean sheet.
That clean sheet allowed Arsenal to go on and win the game, as it never seemed particularly likely they’d score two at Turf Moor, so fans should be thankful to have had the former Chelsea man in goal on this occasion.