Date: 28th October 2016 at 10:50pm
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Goalkeeper Petr Cech has said that although Sunderland are winless in the Premier League this season, like manager Arsene Wenger, he’s expecting a tough encounter.

We head to the Stadium of Light to face our bottom placed opposition on Saturday, and speaking to the Official Site in his own pre game press conference, Cech said that Arsenal had to remain focused on the match in hand and ensure we were at our best to continue our unbeaten run.

‘I think they should have more points than they have so far, because they had games where they lost in the last minute and dropped a lot of points in the last five minutes of games. But during those games they have been doing much better than it shows in the table. This season everything is really tight so the small details make a big difference and for them it has made a big difference in terms of their number of points.’

He went on to add.

‘You have to be performing every single game and you have to be on top of the game if you want to win it, so we treat everybody with respect. It`s obviously to Sunderland`s advantage that they play a top team. They have nothing to lose, maybe everybody is saying they`re going to lose, but when you are in a position like this you just do your best. You don`t have much pressure, so obviously it will be very difficult against them.’

Speaking of our own form so far this season, Cech knew we go into the game in good spirits and confidence, but he also said lessons needed to be learnt from the scoreless encounter with Middlesbrough last weekend.

‘After the defeat in the first game against Liverpool, obviously we had to bounce back and I think we`ve done the right thing. We`ve bounced back with good performances, we kept winning games and obviously we have had a long, very positive run in all competitions. We try to use that to our advantage and we want to prolong that but I thought on Saturday against Middlesbrough, they played really well. That was the first thing, and the second thing was that I thought we rushed a little bit in the final third. We put the final balls in too early and we could have kept our cool a little bit to find the right pass in the right time. But I think we have to give credit to our opponent as well because they were very well organised, very dangerous on the counter-attack and they made it difficult for us.’

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