Petr Cech believes Sunday’s clash with Manchester City is the perfect game for Arsenal to bounce back after Tuesday night’s disappointing defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.
The Gunners suffered their first defeat since the opening day after goals from Seamus Coleman and Ashley Williams gave the Toffees a 2-1 win.
Although there was huge disappointment at seeing the unbeaten run come to an end, particularly after taking a 1-0 lead, Cech has reacted calmly to the loss, and is looking forward to facing Pep Guardiola’s men.
“We can’t win every game in the Premier League,” he said via Standard Sport. “Sometimes you can have a game where you have control and it can all change very quickly. This changed very quickly and it went away from us.
“We didn’t create enough to score another goal apart from the chance at the end [when Alex Iwobi had a shot cleared off the line].
“But I have to say that we have to pick ourselves and then prepare for the next one. It is a big one and I think it is a perfect game for us to bounce back and get the points back.
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“There is a big period now with 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 one.
“Sometimes I think it is the best [thing] when you play a big game if you play another one after. It gives you another opportunity to win. It is a kind of six-pointer so it is probably a perfect game for us.”
Cech also admitted his side should have done better defensively with Williams scoring the winner from a corner in the 85th minute after some sloppy defending.
“We went 1-0 up and we had the game under control but unfortunately for us they managed to equalise right before half-time and obviously that gave them a boost of confidence because towards the end of the first half it looked like we had complete control of the game and then it changed,” he added,
“In the second half, they came out with more confidence, they played better and had some counter attacks. We couldn’t find the big chances to score the second and at the end it was from a corner.
“It can always happen but that was disappointing because once you have everybody in the box, you should do better.”
Sunday’s fixture promises to be an intriguing encounter and Arsenal may just be relishing taking on a defence that has looked unimpressive all season and shipped four against Leicester City on Saturday.