Arsenal were ‘brilliant’ – for 70 minutes, says Cech

Date published: Monday 25th January 2016 9:51

Petr Cech believes that Arsenal “were brilliant” for 70 minutes despite their 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday.

The Gunners suffered a second league defeat to the struggling Blues this season after Diego Costa scored the only goal of the game after 23 minutes.

Costa was influential throughout at the Emirates Stadium, playing a key role in the sending-off of Per Mertesacker, which proved to be crucial.

Discussing the decision to hand the German a red card, Cech told Arsenal’s official website: “The referee was very close. He had a clear view of the situation and he decided straight away to give a red card. There was no hesitation from anyone. We just had to deal with the fact. You just go on. He can’t change the decision anyway by protesting for three minutes.

“We had to regroup, we had to make sure that we reorganised and try to continue with 10 men. Unfortunately we conceded too early after the sending off.

“We are disappointed because we lost a game at home. We wanted to compete, we wanted to take advantage of playing at home, but unfortunately the decisive moment came quite early on in the game.

“Unfortunately Chelsea took advantage of that and scored. From there, they tried to control the game and playing 11 against 10 for 70 minutes is always an advantage [for Chelsea].

“I thought that, even with 10 men, we came back very strongly in the second half,” Cech added. “We could have actually scored the equaliser but we were missing a little bit of the last touch inside the box and around the box. There were always moments where we almost got there, but we didn’t find a real opportunity to put the ball in the net.”

Cech concluded: “I thought for 70 minutes we were brilliant, in terms of the team effort and the organisation. We were not far from getting something out of the game.”

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