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Cech - We must be ready to respond

15/16: Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Petr Cech

Petr Cech says Arsenal must forget their Boxing Day disappointment at Southampton and respond as quickly as possible.

The Gunners had the chance to go top of the Premier League at St Mary’s, but slipped to a heavy defeat that ended their recent spell of fine form.

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Cech says it was hard to pinpoint exactly what went wrong, but called on the team to “bounce back” against Bournemouth on Monday evening.

“We had a game where nothing was really happening for us and everything was happening for them,” the goalkeeper said. “If you look at the number of shots they had - they had one in the first half and they scored a goal.

“In the second half both goals were practically the same. They had two shots and they put them in. Obviously when you play against a team which has this type of efficiency in front of goal then it is difficult to win games.

“Our performance was not as we wanted but that’s football - especially in the Premier League. When you have a day like that and you don’t find your way it is very difficult to win.

“We made more mistakes and with the possession we had in the second half we didn’t seem to find the right passes at the right time. We lacked efficiency. Football is about scoring goals and we couldn’t find our chances today and we got punished for it.

“The positive thing is there is a game on Monday and we will be ready to bounce back.”

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