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Cech - I'm angry and disappointed

Petr Cech can't be faulted for his north London derby display.

The goalkeeper pulled off world-class saves to deny Jan Vertonghen, Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane, and even thwarted Christian Eriksen from close range only for Dele Alli to steer in the rebound.

Here's a transcript of Petr's post-match interviews in the tunnel at White Hart Lane:

 

on how he feels…
Angry and disappointed because obviously this is not a game we wanted to lose and this is a very big disappointment for us. At half-time I felt we were in the game and in the second half we wanted to improve, we wanted to play to win the game. The second half was our best half - they put us under pressure, created chances and in the end they scored two goals.

 

on if anything has slipped away from Arsenal…
With all the emotions, I have to say that we met a team that was full of confidence, well organised and they are having their best season. I think today that showed, that little bit of more confidence and quality on their side. The goals obviously made a big difference.

 

on top four and the FA Cup…
We need to win our remaining games and then we will see. The others are losing points as well sometimes so our job is to win the remaining games and then we will see.

 

on how much the defeat hurts…
It hurts because it was a huge game for both teams. They needed to win to keep their title chances alive. We needed to win to keep our Champions League finishing position [hopes] alive and obviously we are very disappointed because it’s a north London derby, it means a lot to the fans and it meant a lot to the club, to us. We needed three points and in the end we have none.

 

on what he puts the defeat down to…
I think they created a lot of chances and they managed to score the first goal, which obviously helped them. Two minutes [later] they had a penalty which they put into the back of the net. When you are 2-0 down against a team having their best season, who are full of confidence, it’s going to always be difficult and it was difficult for us to get back into the game.

 

on Manchester United coming up…
We need to win the remaining games and hope some of the teams ahead of us slip.

 

on Tottenham finishing above Arsenal and needing to bounce back next season…
Our target is to play for titles so we are disappointed with our season because we aren’t playing for a title. We have five games to play and we are out of the title race. It was not the objective so we are disappointed with that. 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.