Petr Cech wants Arsenal to put pressure on the defending champions when they travel to King Power Stadium to play the second match of the Premier League season. Cech believes Leicester will comparatively be under greater stress than his own team ahead of this evening’s match (via Arsenal.com).
It’s just the second week of the Premier League season but Arsenal already face a must-win match. The Gunners are 6 points behind some of their rivals and need to get back up the table if they are to stand any chance of winning the title. The Gunners travel to last season’s champions Leicester City and Petr Cech believes the pressure is on The Foxes to succeed.
“Last season was unbelievable for them and this year they have to confirm that,” the Czech stopper told the official Arsenal website. “It is much harder than just having one season, so they will have a lot of pressure on them. Hopefully we can take advantage because they are not used to it.
“Everybody will look at Vardy, Mahrez and other players – they were outstanding last season for them. But we have the outstanding players and we want to make sure that we all perform at the level we need to, to win the game.”
Both clubs go into the match without a point to their names. Arsenal ran out 4-3 losers to Liverpool at the Emirates, while Leicester lost to newly-promoted Hull City and Cech believes the onus will be on Leicester to respond.
“They have the home advantage so they’ll want to make sure the other game is better than their first one. But we cannot really look much against who we play. If you want to challenge for the top you need to win any game, against any opponent and you need to be focused and concentrated on what you do, so obviously we start back again.
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“After the [Liverpool] game we were back training and we started the preparation for the weekend. We do everything we can to make sure we are ready to win the game.”
The Gunners were the only team to take six points off The Foxes last season. An Alexis Sanchez hat-trick helped Th Arsenal to a 5-2 away victory while the return fixture at the Emirates was settled by that incredible last-minute winner from Danny Welbeck. In the 20 games played between the two teams, Leicester have only managed to win one and drawn 6.
Failure to win this game would mean a 20th consecutive win-less match against the Gunners. However, a victory would make it the 100th Premier League win for Claudio Raneiri.
Arsene Wenger on the other hand is wary of the threat posed Leicester. “They have exactly the same qualities they had last year and they are team who are very quick on the break and defend well as a unit.” Wenger was speaking during Arsenal’s official press conference ahead of the match. “We have to address our defensive weaknesses from last week without compromising our style of play. We need to continue being very dangerous going forward and accept the way we play.”
Arsenal take on Leicester at the King Power Stadium at 17:30 GMT. Follow allarsenal.com and allarsenal on Twitter for the latest team news and full match coverage.