Date: 13th March 2017 at 10:47am
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Pictures published of Alexis Sanchez seemingly laughing during Arsenal’s humiliation in the Champions League against Bayern Munich last week have been dismissed by teammate Petr Cech.

He says the striker was as disappointed as anyone by the Champions League exit – especially the way it came about – with Cech finding it ‘very disrespectful’ to Alexis to suggest the Chilean found it amusing.

Cech was quoted by Sky Sports as saying.

‘It is sad and he was as sad as I have seen him. Unfortunately when you say the sentence, ‘had we scored the second goal everything could look different’ and then you do ‘ooph’ [exhale] you know, but in the end the reality is you are 5-1 down and somebody twists it and says you are laughing on the bench. I found it very disrespectful to the player. But obviously you can take the picture and you can interpret it the way you want unfortunately. But we the players, we know exactly what he said and we know how he was hurting and he was as disappointed as anybody else. It is unfortunate and disappointing.’

It wasn’t just Alexis that was defend as the Arsenal keeper also had some words for under fire boss Arsene Wenger too.

He feels the players have to share the responsibility of the Gunners’ shortcomings.

‘In a way the manager plays as big part but you as a player are on the pitch. He cannot make you run if you don’t want to he cannot make you make the right decision in the heat of the moment. The players obviously have to share the responsibility, everybody has to share the responsibility for the position we are in and everybody has to work to get ourselves out of it.’

During the past eight games – which have been especially poor for Arsenal – we’ve only managed to beat non-league duo Sutton and Lincoln in the FA Cup as well as relegation threatened Hull in the Premier League.

Cech went on to say the 5-0 win over Lincoln on Saturday was the reaction Arsenal needed.

‘This is the way it is. This week after Bayern especially was a difficult three days, we had to make sure we got ready, and we got ready and this is the reaction you need. think in football everything goes fast and as fast as you can go up you can go down. So basically every day you work to be ready.’

Concluding.

‘In football you only work for the things you can control, you cannot control the outside world, you can only control your preparation, you can only control your performances. So as a player you focus on that and I believe as a manager he does the same thing. This is going to be the key now, be ready, be prepared as a team and then do the best we can do. Then I think if you bring the results, (the) atmosphere will change.’

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