Cech - What we lacked against Boro

After starring in the goalless draw with Middlesbrough, Petr Cech pointed to several factors that prevented Arsenal from extending their winning run.

The Czech Republic goalkeeper made a number of important saves to preserve his clean sheet, but believes that the Gunners' impatience up front cost them victory at Emirates Stadium.

"We had a lot of possession but I think we rushed a little bit in the final third," he told Arsenal Player.

"We could have kept our cool better in the final third to find a better pass, to have better opportunities to score. We had a few shots where the goalkeeper did very well but in the end we didn’t find the goal - which is a shame.

"Overall, they had plenty of chances as well so I think we have to say maybe a draw is a fair result."

Cech denied Adama Traore and Gaston Ramirez in the first half, but at the other end Arsenal couldn't break down a resolute Boro defence, bringing and the seven-game winning run to an end.

"When they had their chances and they didn’t take them I thought that we were going to punish them for that," Cech said. "We had 45 minutes in the second half to find the goal, but we lost a little bit of our calm in the last third which is unlike us.

"But that’s the kind of game which can always happen. We know there’s a long way to go, I think we look in very good shape and just need to go back to work and carry on."


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