Petr Cech admits that Arsenal should have put Manchester City under more pressure when the score was at 2-1 on Sunday.

While Cech believes that Michael Olivier not ruling out City’s offside goal in the second half on Sunday made a difference, Arsenal should have been putting more pressure on Pep Guardiola’s side when they were only 2-1 down.

“I thought that at 2-1, when we just got back into the game, that we were in it,” said the goalkeeper. “We had time to search for the equaliser but the third goal obviously made a huge difference.
“At 2-1 the game was going on and we had some good passages of play where we could have put them more under pressure and searched for the equaliser.
“At 3-1, it gave the advantage back to them.
“They are an experienced team with a lot of quality and they took advantage of that.”

Arsenal’s first half against City was pretty mediocre and they could have been two or three goals down instead of just one at the break. However, in the second half, especially after Alexandre Lacazette was finally introduced, the Gunners looked stronger. They scored and could have equalised if they had pushed on.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 05: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City attempts to get past Petr Cech of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on November 5, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

However, the wrongly allowed offside goal from Gabriel Jesus knocked them off their stride and they appeared to give up. In fact, after City’s third in the 78th minute, the Gunners didn’t even attempt a single shot. Neither did Pep’s team but they didn’t exactly need to.

That’s the issue with this Arsenal side’s mentality. Obviously it must be gutting to go 3-1 behind when you’ve been trying so hard, especially to goal that shouldn’t have stood. But professional athletes need to harness that and use that frustration to push even harder, not crawl back under their rocks. At the very least, LOOK as if you’re trying.

No one appears to care about winning anymore. It’s as if we’re a mid-table team that know we’ll never beat City, so don’t bother to waste our energy.

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