Veteran shot stopper Petr Cech has praised the teamwork of the Arsenal side, following the victory against Everton at the Emirates yesterday (via Arsenal.com). The win against the Toffees was our third positive result this week; and we have scored seven goals and conceded just one in that period. The Czech international expressed his and the team’s joy at the brilliant run of results and vowed to continue for as long as possible.
Arsenal kicked off last Saturday against a tricky Watford side who were unbeaten at home this season, and we beat them 3-0. This was followed by the memorable 2-0 blanking of Champions League title contenders Bayern Munich, who were unbeaten in all competitions until that fateful Tuesday night. The win against Everton, although too close for comfort at times, was the cherry on top of this week’s cake, propelling us to first in the Premier League. Also, Everton were unbeaten on the road this season until their trip to the Emirates.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, Cech praised both the victory and the togetherness shown by the players in the midst of such crucial games. He said, “It’s a brilliant victory. When you have a week of important games, you come back after internationals and the away game is always tricky.
“We managed to do really well and got a great result at Watford. Then you have a must-win game in midweek and you manage to do that in some style, and I think the hardest part is always to refocus and return to the Premier League. You have to deliver again and sometimes that’s very hard to do, and we did a remarkably good job.
“We’re proud of the three points we got and the way we played against a very good Everton side.”
Cech had maintained three clean sheets in a row heading into the game against Everton, and was only denied his fourth due to a massive deflection off of defender Gabriel Paulista. However, Cech was fully alert in the dying moments as Gerard Deulofeu and Romelu Lukaku both threatened the Arsenal goal. In fact, Cech’s save from Deulofeu probably earned us a couple of points yesterday. Speaking about the save, he said, “I’m pleased with the way I’m contributing to the team and I made another important save against Everton. Everybody has been playing really well so they deserved a little bit of help from me as well.
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“We are pleased with the start to the season. So far, so good. You want to be there in the mix from the start to the end. Since the season started we’ve been there so we’ll try to stay there as long as possible.”
Hopefully Wenger has learned his lesson and Cech starts in all our Premier League and Champions League fixtures from now on. Having someone so calm and experienced between the sticks seems to help out our defence a lot, and we look much more stable at the back than we have in a long, long time. Let’s hope this run continues.