Date: 28th April 2017 at 9:17am
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Hector Bellerin and Petr Cech have been reflecting on the midweek victory over Leicester City and what it meant for Arsenal’s top four hopes.

Hosting Craig Shakespeare’s side at the Emirates Stadium in midweek for the tie, a late Robert Huth own goal gave us all three points as a return and Arsenal now sit on 60 points for the year with a two game advantage on third placed Liverpool.

Speaking to the Official Site in his own post game press conference, Bellerin praised the ‘energy and spirit’ of the team across the 90 minutes as we secured the win almost at the death.

‘It was really important for us to get the win today. The spirits were really high after the weekend, so we knew that we had to keep it up. Leicester is always tough. They`re a team that defend really well, so it`s always very hard to crack them. We had to wait until the last 10 minutes to do it but I think the team deserved the win. We had the most of the game and you know, there was good energy and good spirit and we`ve just got to keep it going into the weekend now.’

With the lateness of the winner, Bellerin was asked about a target man being involved late on, and in praising the whole team he knew the substitutes on the day had also more than played their part.

‘Yes, definitely. Sometimes you`ve just got to switch the tactics. I think the team played with great energy at the beginning and we were getting chances, we just weren`t efficient enough. But then, towards the end we knew that we would have our chances and the goal came at the end. I think it`s good credit to the team that we kept going, we were patient and then we got the goal.’

With the now regular talk of the back three, the Spaniard was also asked about how he was finding the formation.

‘You know, for the style of play that the team has, it works really well. Sometimes you`ve just got to keep switching system and make the other teams just think about it for a second and I think the team is doing really good. No matter what system we play, I think the team is performing so we`ve just got to keep it going and enjoy every minute of it.’

As for Cech, well our goalkeeper felt our efforts on the day had warranted the slice of luck we got late on with the own goal.

‘Well, you know, our remaining games are more or less like finals. So we needed to make sure we got all three points in a delayed fixture. After a big game at the weekend, having played 120 minutes, we had to rotate the squad. We needed to use everyone and I am pleased for everybody who came in and contributed to an important win.’

Asked about the desire of the side, Cech said sometimes you have to be patient and he felt we’d done that to good effect.

‘Sometimes you need to be patient, you need to make sure that you push on for the 90 minutes and today we obviously scored a late goal. But it was coming, we were getting closer and closer and they were defending well but in the end we found a deflection and I think that we probably felt that we deserved a little bit of luck with the deflection because of the way we pushed on.’

Cech went on to say that whilst the team were happy with the performance in the first half, he did feel that our performance levels lifted in the second period but being scoreless at the point, that was necessary as we searched for the breakthrough.

‘I think both, they were happy with the first half obviously. They were in the game and they were waiting for their opportunities to counter. I have to say that we needed to step up a little bit second half because the score was only 0-0 and it was not enough for us. So second half we put fresh people on during the second half as well which helped, I thought that we found a way to win which is the most important.’

As for top four hopes, he ended by saying.

‘Well, we have two games less than Liverpool, so obviously if we win both of them we can catch Liverpool and will be closer to the top four target. So this is what we need. We need to get the wins in a row. Now we can be pleased with this one, but we have not much time to dwell on it and we need to prepare for the north London derby and obviously this is a huge game for both teams.’

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