Petr Cech won pretty much everything possible with Chelsea, and has brought a winning mentality to Arsenal with him. He insists that Arsenal need to be more like his former club in at least one respect though, and that’s being able to win even when we’re not at our best, as reported by talkSPORT.
‘Winning ugly‘, as they call it, is a hugely important skill for any team with title aspirations, as it’s impossible to be at your best every single game of the season. With the Premier League as competitive as it is, any team is capable of an upset, but our job is to make sure that these upsets don’t become commonplace, and we drop as few points as possible.
Cech knows what it takes to win the title, and had some words for his teammates.
“You need to make sure you do the basics right in every game. That gives you the platform to build on – and then, if you don’t have a particularly great day, you can make sure you still get the maximum out of it,” he said.
“At Chelsea we had games where we knew it was not going our way, but we managed to get the most out of it, which was a great skill to have.
“As I said before, if you go too much with the emotion, you can be punished. I think that’s what happened to us against Olympiakos, with that third goal.”
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We all know what Arsenal are capable of when at are fluid and free flowing best, our goalscoring qualities have been on display in our last two league games against Leicester City and Manchester United – with the team scoring eight goals in two games.
We aren’t always going to put three, four, or five past our opponents though, and sometimes you have to snatch a 1-0 win – or even hold out for a goalless draw. If you don’t concede, you can’t lose; and if you can’t lose, then you’re that much closer to winning, and are at the very least guaranteed a point.
The team is defensively strong enough to keep anyone out, and we know we can score goals. We are more than capable of grinding out those 1-0 wins when necessary, but need to start showing it.
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Those types of games often come down to mentality rather than ability, something Arsene Wenger puts a huge amount of importance in.