Petr Cech appeared to point the finger of blame at the Arsenal defence for Tottenham’s first goal as the Gunners slipped to a 2-0 defeat at White Hart Lane.
Dele Alli opened the scoring for Mauricio Pochettino’s side after profiting from some poor defending and Cech admits he thought his defence were set to clear the ball before it went in.
“When I saved the ball from [Christian] Eriksen I saw the ball going away and I thought we were safe but then it ended in the back of the net,” he said via The Metro.
Spurs then doubled their lead just 146 seconds later after Gabriel was adjudged to have fouled Harry Kane with the striker picking himself up to fire home from the spot.
The defeat leaves Arsenal six points off fourth spot, but with a game in hand, and Cech knows they cannot afford any more slip-ups if they are to secure Champions League football.
“The first goal was the decisive one, then we gave another goal away quickly and then they were in the driving seat,” he added.
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“We need to win the remaining games and hope that some of the others slip up. It is clear for us now.”
While the defeat is tough to take Arsenal are still in with a shout of a top four place particularly with both Manchester clubs dropping points today.
The Gunners’ four remaining fixtures are against Manchester United, Southampton, Stoke and Sunderland.