Date: 1st December 2016 at 10:23pm
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Petr Cech and Rob Holding have been speaking following defeat to Southampton in the quarter finals of the League Cup.

Losing the game two nil at the Emirates Stadium, the game did bring an end to Arsenal’s unbeaten 19 match run, but Cech knew it was all about bouncing back in this weekend’s tie against West Ham.

Speaking to the Official Site with the run going back to the opening day of the campaign, Cech knew it had been a good run and now the aim was to start another one as quickly as we could.

He also reflected on the best game of that run, and for him it came against Chelsea in the three nil victory.

‘We scored goals at the right times, and the moment we scored the first we didn`t stop being active. We didn`t aim to protect a 1-0 lead, we searched for more and sometimes in big games, when you give yourself a two-goal advantage, that is a big mountain for the other team to climb. In these big games, any lead can be significant and we really took advantage in the first half – when we had chances, we scored them and that what made the difference. We got exactly what we deserved because we were brilliant, we were ready to compete and we scored at the right times and didn`t allow them to come back.’

In many ways, the polar reverse of the Southampton match.

As for Holding’s interview with the club media, he admitted that their opening goal coming when it did made it incredibly tough for the side, especially given our below par showing.

‘They had something to hold on to then. Away from home, they`re going to sit back. And to be fair, Southampton defended well. They had something to hold on to, which helped them.’

The main disappointment for Holding was that he, and the dressing room, had felt like Arsenal could go all the way to the final this year given our form so far.

‘You look at the players we had out tonight, there were some big players and you think with the strength of the squad, a second string team can get all the way – but it wasn`t to be. It was a chance to get some silverware at the end of the season, so I`m disappointed to be out of the competition. There`s not much more I can say really. We’ve just got to learn from it and it`ll only help us in the coming years.’

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