Interview

'We knew we had to win... it's disappointing'

Petr Cech was in fine form in our north London derby defeat to Tottenham - but was left disappointed to leave Wembley with nothing to show for it.

The Arsenal goalkeeper made several outstanding saves, but told the media after the game that the result will make life difficult in the hunt for a top-four place.

on where the defeat leaves us...
If you look at the table, we needed to win this game to close the gap and we couldn’t do so. I don’t really think you need any comments when you lose this game. It’s very disappointing for everyone.

on the rivalry…
If you don’t support those two clubs then you will not really be able to imagine it, but we all know how much it means to everyone and obviously we are disappointed. Not only because we lost the north London derby, but because it’s very disappointing for the fans. As I said, the position we were in in the table before this game, it put us in a position where we had to win and we didn’t even get a point so it is very disappointing and very difficult.

on a lack of chances…
I think in this type of game you need to take your chances and I know that we had two at the end, but unfortunately we didn’t take them. I said before the game that it was a game with a huge importance, not only because it was the derby and this is the most important game for our fans, but because of the position in the table. We were behind, we needed to close the gap - and we failed to do so.

on whether he felt Kane fouled Koscielny for the goal…
I was watching the ball and concentrating on the action to be able to make a save.

on slipping seven points behind Tottenham now…
We came here with the hope that we could win the game. We did everything to make sure that we were ready to win the game and we failed to do so.