Date: 2nd May 2017 at 12:36pm
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The performance of goalkeeper Petr Cech in the weekend’s defeat to Tottenham Hotspur did earn him praise from manager Arsene Wenger.

Despite losing the game at White Hart Lane two nil, Cech pulled off some impressive stops to keep the hosts out and the positive that was his showing was not lost on our French gaffer.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, Wenger said of our experienced stopper.

‘He had an outstanding performance. He was one of the players who turned up today and it shows that he still has it at the top level.’

With both of Tottenham’s goals coming in the space of 146 second half seconds, Wenger went on to say.

‘It`s a big blow to concede two goals so quickly but I think on the first goal we were a bit naive and that was disappointing. I felt it was a tight game until they scored the first goal. After, we conceded the second one straightaway and then mentally we were under shock a little bit. From then on, it became difficult for us.’

He again went on to say that he couldn’t begrudge our hosts their victory as they were the better team on the day and we just didn’t create enough to trouble them and what we did create we didn’t do enough in the moment to make them count.

‘Overall I think if you look at the chances created, Spurs deserved to win the game. We didn`t create enough, we didn`t take our chances. There was plenty of room in the first half to do more than what we did with the balls we had. That is the regret of the game today. I think the players really wanted it and gave everything until the end. But we lack something at the moment that is a mixture of confidence, creativity, quality to finish what we start. I think recently the team is still not completely back to the confidence level that is needed.’

In terms of the battle for a top four place, Wenger knew that with both Manchester City and Manchester United dropping points, the defeat wasn’t as costly as it could’ve been.

‘It makes our defeat mathematically less worse but it hurts to lose a game like that.’

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