Date: 17th August 2016 at 7:08pm
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Goalkeeper Petr Cech has admitted that Philippe Coutinho’s equaliser on the stroke of half time in the game against Liverpool was where the match shifted for Arsenal.

Speaking to arsenal.com and largely echoing the thoughts of manager Arsene Wenger when it came to what a blow their leveller was given the performance in the first 45 minutes, Cech explained.

‘I thought for the first 45 minutes we were excellent. We played well, we got a goal, we had opportunities and we missed a penalty, but the reaction was great because we scored two minutes later. It was a perfect start for us. The moment shifted when they got an equaliser in the last minute of the first half. I thought if we concentrated and continued to play well we were going to win the game but, within a 15-minute spell, they scored three and decided the game.’

With such a poor start to the second half before Arsenal slowly worked their way back into it with Oxlade-Chamberlain and Chambers’ goals, he continued to say.

‘We started much slower in the second half. Once they got to 2-1 up, the game changed because they could wait to counter-attack and this is where they damaged us. We had a great reaction to come back into the game at 4-3, but we didn`t have enough time to equalise.’

Cech did have praise for the centre back pairing of Chambers and debutant Rob Holding though.

‘I thought they did really well. When you concede four goals then obviously you cannot be happy as a team because you should not concede four goals at home, but I thought it was a really good experience for them.’

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