Date: 7th November 2016 at 10:53am
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Petr Cech and Hector Bellerin have both been giving their thoughts following the score draw with Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.

Hosting the side at the Emirates for the derby, both teams played out a one all draw and manager Arsene Wenger has already spoken about a flat performance in the second half and how the penalty changed the momentum of the match, and speaking to the Official Site in his own post game press conference, Cech was on board with the penalty thoughts.

‘We`re disappointed to have only got one point because we were 1-0 up and in a good position at half-time, so it gave us the opportunity to go into the second half and use it to our advantage. The early equaliser in the second half changed the momentum of the game. They played with more confidence in the second half and we lost the rhythm a little bit after they equalised. We came back into it but we were too late. We are disappointed to have dropped two points.’

With Spurs playing three at the back, Cech didn’t believe that was a problem for us, as we exploited the space well – especially first half.

‘We found the openings. They pressed really well at the start so we had to play simpler football than normal. Then we found openings, we found space and we had confidence. Going ahead obviously helped with that but that changed after the equaliser. They improved and we lacked a bit of rhythm. In the last part of the game, we should`ve been calmer in the last five or 10 minutes because we had some opportunities around the edge of their box but we never had the calmness to find the right pass.’

Whilst everyone wanted all three points, Cech was clear this wouldn’t derail our recent form, but obviously it was disappointing.

‘Of course. If you keep your consistency then you have chance to do it. We are in a very good position with a lot of games to be played. Obviously you need to make sure you compete for every game. If we keep our run going then we will be near the top and will have a chance.’

As for Bellerin, with others saying the draw was fair, he felt we should’ve won it in the first half especially.

‘I`m a bit disappointed with the result because I think the team deserved a bit more than just a draw. We had loads of chances all through the game, especially at the end of the second half. We couldn`t be efficient enough to get another goal back and we need to learn from it. I think the team had a good performance defensively and then we knew how to play them in behind, we knew being very direct was going to hurt them but I think we`ve just got to take the positives and look at the next game.’

Theo Walcott was also speaking after the game, and his woodwork bound effort featured.

‘It was a difficult game. Between Tottenham and ourselves, we each had good periods in the game but we didn`t manage to take our chances. We probably didn`t create as much as we wanted to either. These games are about working hard for the team and trying to get the result but, looking back at it, it might be a good result in the end.’

Unlike Cech, Walcott also admitted the three at the back did surprise him.

‘It did, completely. Middlesbrough did that against us. Lots of teams are starting to do that now, with Chelsea probably the best at doing it at the moment. It was difficult to break them down but it was one of those games where there weren`t that many chances. I hit the post and maybe Olivier on another day would`ve had more luck, but it`s probably a good result in the end.’

As for his own effort.

‘The touch just got away from me and I just thought about concentrating on hitting the ball. I think that`s the best I could`ve hit the ball and it caught everyone by surprise but, unfortunately it doesn`t even count as a shot on target. It`s one of those where you think back and it`s all about working hard. The guys gave everything. We probably worked harder defensively than we did going forward and that maybe stopped us from creating more.’

And as for dropping two points.

‘We always want to win these games. It`s very disappointing to not get the win with our home support. The fans were fantastic from kick-off until the end and were behind us all the way. We couldn`t get the result unfortunately. They all wanted the bragging rights. These games hurt me more than any other game. When you look at how tight the Premier League is and the teams that are fighting for the Premier League, you probably think this is a good result.’

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