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After Goodison setback, Cech focusing on ‘six-pointer’ clash against Man City

    Petr Cech: ‘It’s a kind of a six-pointer – it’s probably a perfect game for us’

    Petr Cech: ‘It’s a kind of a six-pointer – it’s probably a perfect game for us’ 

    Published: 15 December, 2016

    SHOT-STOPPER Petr Cech believes this Sunday’s game away against title rivals Manchester City is the “perfect six-pointer” for Arsenal following their midweek disappointment. 

    The Gunners saw an unbeaten run of 14 Premier League games brought to an end on Tuesday as Everton came from behind to win 2-1 at Goodison Park. 

    Cech admits that the result was disappointing, but says there’s “no time to dwell on the defeat” as the Gunners enter a busy festive period, starting at the Etihad Stadium this weekend.

    “Sometimes I think it is best if after a big game you play another big game,” said the Arsenal No 1. 

    “You have opportunities to win, it’s a kind of a six-pointer – it’s probably a perfect game for us. 

    “Although on Tuesday Everton were not dangerous for most of the game, they found two goals and in the end, you go home with a defeat. But you have to pick yourself up. 

    “There is a big period coming up now with the games coming thick and fast and there is no time to dwell on the defeat. You have to move on and get ready for the next game.” 

    Manager Arsene Wenger also took time out from licking his wounds to focus on yet another away-day for the north Londoners. 

    “We have to recover quickly. We play five games away from home out of six and we have a fantastic away record,” he said. “We want to keep that strength and prepare well for the next one against Manchester City.” 

    Meanwhile Theo Walcott believes that Arsenal are “better equipped” to face Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League after being paired against the German champions for the fourth time in five seasons.

    “You’ve got to face the best teams in the Champions League,” he said. “They won’t want to play Arsenal. I’m not going to lie when I say that it’s going to be a very difficult game. We know how hard it’s going to be. 

    “We’ve just got to look at ourselves, and how we’ve improved compared to the seasons we’ve played them recently.

    “We lost 5-1 at their place last season. We can’t be doing stuff like that. We’re a lot more resilient this year.” 


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