Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has spoken out in the aftermath of the 2-1 loss to West Brom on Satuday, claiming that the Gunners were the better side over the course of the game and that they were unlucky to leave the Hawthorns without a point (via Arsenal.com). The Czech Republic international had a frustrating night between the sticks as he was let down by defensive errors for both of our goals. In the build up to the first goal James Morrison was allowed to make an unchallenged run and for the second Mikel Arteta turned an otherwise harmless ball into his own net.
Cech, who has been one of the standout performers for us this season, was understandably not happy with the result and made his feelings clear. He said, “I think we don’t want to take credit from West Brom but across the 90 minutes we were the better side. We had chances and a lot of opportunities and we were unlucky as we scored an own goal. Apart of that, we were on top of them and looked like the side that was going to win the game, even in the second half.
“I thought when we had the penalty that we would still have a chance to search for the third goal but it was one of those games where it was not going our way. But I like our reaction and although everything went against us a bit, we kept going until the last minute and were still creating opportunities. We have to regroup and continue working.”
Defeat against the Baggies was a bitter pill to swallow, not only because they are a Tony Pulis side but because it was our own mistakes that cost us the game. After a stellar run of results in October, Arsenal were widely expected to continue strongly in the Premier League and further apply pressure on the top spot. Instead, we find ourselves back in fourth and with worsening injury problems heading into the packed holiday season. Let’s hope that the West Brom game was indeed an aberration and the players rediscover themselves before next weekend’s game.
We’ve got some relatively easy fixtures coming up by Premier League standards, and should be in an excellent position by the time we play Manchester City on the 21st of December. We obviously thought our trip to the Hawthorns was more than winnable as well however, so we need to get our heads screwed on straight and focus on getting back in the race for top spot – easier said than done obviously.