Petr Cech made some crucial saves to deny Middlesbrough a victory and kept the scoreline at 0-0, but the Arsenal goalkeeper thinks his side could have performed better.
Boro came close to ending Arsenal’s unbeaten run but credit to Cech who denied Adama Traore and Gaston Ramirez to keep the score level.
The Gunners goalkeeper kept a steady hand throughout the entire 90-minutes but believes a lack of composure led to his side dropping some important points.
“We had a lot of possession but I think we rushed a little bit in the final third,” Cech told Arsenal Player.
“We could have kept our cool better in the final third to find a better pass, to have better opportunities to score. We had a few shots where the goalkeeper did very well but in the end we didn’t find the goal – which is a shame.
“Overall, they had plenty of chances as well so I think we have to say maybe a draw is a fair result.”
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Alexis Sanchez came close to earning the win for Arsene Wenger, but Victor Valdes kept out the forward’s stinging 20 yard.
“When they had their chances and they didn’t take them I thought that we were going to punish them for that,” Cech said. “We had 45 minutes in the second half to find the goal, but we lost a little bit of our calm in the last third which is unlike us.
“But that’s the kind of game which can always happen. We know there’s a long way to go, I think we look in very good shape and just need to go back to work and carry on.”
With only a point from the game, Arsenal currently sit top of the table as Manchester City are still to play. The Gunners could have earned a definite lead but failure to earn three points sees them dependent on City’s result.
Wenger’s side is now in line to play Reading in the EFL Cup tie on Tuesday and then travel to the Stadium of Light over the weekend to play Sunderland in the Premier League.