Petr Cech Frustrated With Arsenal Defenders After North London Derby Defeat
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has looked disappointed after their 2-0 loss to Tottenham in the North London derby in the weekend. Goals from Dele Ali and Harry Kane in the second half saw Spurs win comfortably at White Hart Lane and will see the club finish above Arsenal for the first time in 22 years.
The 34-year old has admitted that his defenders had let him down during the game as he tried his level best to keep the scores on level before Ali’s opener.
Cech had saved a close range chance when Christian Eriksen parried a close range shot but Ali who was also in the box was the quick to react as the three other Arsenal defenders could not clear the ball after the save and the English talent have helped Spurs with their opening goal.
Speaking on Dele Ali’s first goal in North London derby, Petr Cech said: ‘When I saved the ball from Eriksen I saw the ball going away and I thought we were safe but then it ended in the back of the net.
‘The first goal was the decisive one, then we gave another goal away quickly and then they were in the driving seat.
‘We need to win the remaining games and hope that some of the others slip up. It is clear for us now.’
The Czech international has also insisted that the team are disappointed with their performances this season and finishing below Tottenham is not their major concern. The 34-year old believes that the players and club should only worry about their targets and need not think about their rivals.
‘Our target is to play for titles, so we are disappointed with our season because we aren’t playing for a [league] title,” Cech said.
‘We have five games to play and we are out of the title race. It was not the objective [to finish below Tottenham], so we are disappointed with that.
‘But Tottenham finishing above us or doing better is one thing, but I think the most important thing for the club, for the players, for everybody is to reach your own targets, not to worry about what the others are doing.’
Arsenal will now have to depend on other results to go their way in order to qualify for Champions League football as they are currently six points adrift of Manchester City who sit in fourth position but still has an extra game in hand.