Petr Cech has revealed why he thinks Arsenal struggled to play the ball out from the back against Manchester City on Sunday (via Arsenal.com).
It was a disappointing opening to Unai Emery’s era as Arsenal head coach as the Gunners lost 2-0 to Manchester City on the opening day of the Premier League season.
Goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva either side of half-time were enough for Pep Guardiola’s men to take all three points.
The Gunners struggled at times to implement a new style of football which involved a lot of buildup play from the back and now, Petr Cech has explained why.
“They pressed really well and obviously when you make one pass slower than it should be the player doesn’t have the time to use the ball quickly,” Cech said of City after the match.
“Obviously, you can be under pressure but at times we managed to get out pretty well.
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“We didn’t want them to feel comfortable and have the ball always at their feet so that they could control the game.”
After poor first-half, there was a notable improvement from Arsenal after the break, something which pleased Cech.
“They’re a team that’s full of confidence and last year’s champions, so obviously it will always be difficult,” Cech went on.
“But I have to say that we came to the game with our objectives to grow up as a team, to learn our way, how we want to play and obviously we had the task of doing it against one of the best teams, so it was difficult.
“But at times we did really well, and we put them under some pressure as well. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t find that final pass to finish the opportunities off.”
It was a disappointing defeat for Arsenal in the first Premier League match of Unai Emery’s time in charge of the team. However, there were some definite positives against what is perhaps the best side in European football right now.