Date: 25th April 2017 at 9:01am
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Goalkeeper Petr Cech has said that Arsenal’s main priority this season is to grab ourselves that top four slot and secure Champions League football for the coming 2017/18 campaign.

With plenty of struggles, certainly in recent times, in the Premier League with performances and results not going for us, the former Czech international told Sky Sports as we more towards kick off against Leicester City that the only aim for the campaign is to get into that top four and finish the season on a high now.

‘Our target is to finish as high as possible. If we don’t qualify for the Champions League, it will be a big disappointment. We’re going to be under pressure in every game now because of the league position we are in – there’s no option but to win. We need to keep getting three points and hope we can get the automatic qualification for the Champions League next season. The FA Cup is at the end of the season so there’s a lot to happen before we play that game.’

Looking back on the victory against Manchester City in the FA Cup tie that saw us come from behind in the match, Cech also told the Official Site that despite the knock of conceding the opening goal, he felt the performance had more than shown that the side maintained their belief and could provide the energy when necessary.

‘I think the difference was the confidence we started the game with. Even though we went behind, you could feel that we felt it wasn`t a problem – we had 30 minutes to turn it around. In a game like Crystal Palace, I was watching it where we fell behind and suddenly it looks like the team aren`t finding the right answers to overcome the deficit. But against City you could feel the energy and the belief and everything was there. We need to carry that on.’

He went on to say.

‘We had that at the start of the season. We overcame a lot of games where we fell behind. Sometimes you find the way to answer difficulties you face during games. Sometimes you try to find it and you don`t. The most important thing was the discipline of the team, and the effort – everybody stuck to the plan. It was a very difficult game against a very difficult opponent because at times they`ve been brilliant, even in this game where they lost, but we managed to find the answers.’

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