Date: 22nd May 2017 at 10:16pm
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Goalkeeper Petr Cech has tried to be philosophical when it comes to Arsenal missing out on Champions League football in the season of 2017/18.

Taking the battle for a top four spot down to the final day of the current season, Arsenal missed out falling a point behind Liverpool despite taking the three one victory over Everton, and disappointment was clearly in the air for everybody after the game.

Speaking to the Official Site in his own post game press conference, Cech explained that despite the disappointment he didn’t feel too much should be read into one Champions League failure on a qualification point of view out of the last 20 years.

‘If you have one off year in 20 years, it`s not a problem. I think the club has a strong foundation, strong organisation and everything to be out for one year and come back straight in, like Chelsea did last season. I think it helped them not to be involved in Europe this season, because they could keep all their energy for the league.’

Cech went on to say that with the foundation at the club, he felt we could take our end of season form into next season and have a much better year.

‘I think next season we need to respect every competition, as we`ve always done, carry on the momentum, trying to win as many games and keep the team together. I think that`s the main thing, you need to keep the team together and try to strengthen it in areas the manager would like to. Then we`ll be ready to go again.’

Reflecting back on where we lost our form over February and March, he went on to add again that confidence and the positives from how we responded to that form was what we should focus on.

‘Obviously February and March was the period where we dropped some points unnecessarily. I think as well in the big games, last season we got the most points from the top six or the top four, and this season we haven`t done so well. We had four more points than last year, so we improved in terms of our points total. But the others had a great season and it was not enough to be in the top four.’

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