Date: 25th October 2016 at 2:27am
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Goalkeeper Petr Cech has said he believes a lack of composure in the final third against Middlesbrough this weekend cost Arsenal the victory.

Speaking to the Official Site in his own post game press conference after an impressive performance that saw him pull off a number of key saves in the game to protect the clean sheet, the Czech Republic international believes Arsenal were too rushed to try and make something happen in and around their penalty box, whereas a touch more composure would’ve suited us better.

‘We had a lot of possession but I think we rushed a little bit in the final third. We could have kept our cool better in the final third to find a better pass, to have better opportunities to score. We had a few shots where the goalkeeper did very well but in the end we didn`t find the goal – which is a shame. Overall, they had plenty of chances as well so I think we have to say maybe a draw is a fair result.’

With notable saves in the game from Adama Traore and Gaston Ramirez in the first half in particular, Cech was obviously disappointed to see our seven game winning run come to an end, but he knew it wouldn’t last forever, so with how the game turned he was delighted with the clean sheet and picking up a point, as it could be a valuable point this year, but the aim was of course to get back to winning ways against Reading in midweek.

‘When they had their chances and they didn`t take them I thought that we were going to punish them for that. We had 45 minutes in the second half to find the goal, but we lost a little bit of our calm in the last third which is unlike us. But that`s the kind of game which can always happen. We know there`s a long way to go, I think we look in very good shape and just need to go back to work and carry on.’

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