Date: 20th August 2017 at 8:12pm
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Goalkeeper Petr Cech has spoken about his frustration at Arsenal’s defeat to Stoke City at the weekend.

Having dominated possession on the day and had greater chances, all Arsenal really had to cheer was Alexandre Lacazette’s goal until it was clear it had been disallowed.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media following the one nil loss, Cech explained.

‘We wanted to get another three points under our belt after the great turnaround against Leicester. We wanted to keep the momentum going. I thought that we had done enough in terms of creating chances today and putting them under pressure too, but unfortunately we didn`t take those chances. The difference was that they probably had two and a half chances and scored one. We had plenty and we didn`t.’

As for our defeat on the day and manager Arsene Wenger already having spoken about the defensive lapse just after the half time restart, Cech went on to say.

‘We were in place and it was a counter-attack where we were not exposed, we were there. It ended up in the back of the net which is obviously disappointing because this is one of those moments where you can do better as a team to stop the counter-attack coming. We could have defended it better, but this is only one thing. Another thing is if you create so many chances, you need to score. Today we scored a goal which was disallowed and that`s the way it went today.’

Cech was also asked whether the three at the back formation was still a work in progress.

‘We have the options now to play three or four at the back. Obviously today we needed to change for the last 20 or 25 minutes when the manager put extra attacking players on the field. That`s why we went to four. It`s good to have this option when you can be flexible and use the players the way you want. We can play either way.’

He did however feel there were positives that could be taken and we shouldn’t ignore those despite the disappointment.

‘We controlled the game, we were putting them constantly under pressure and they were just waiting for the counter-attack. We created enough to score the goals but unfortunately we couldn`t score today. It made a difference because they created some chances on counter-attacks, and put in one of them.’

He also had praise for the opposition.

‘They did what they could. They put a block of eight or nine players in front of the box and they knew that they were under pressure. Sometimes when you are a team under so much pressure, you do desperate defending and wait for your chance on the counter-attack. Credit to them, they managed to get the clean sheet even though they were under so much pressure.’

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