Date: 15th February 2016 at 4:00pm
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At 1-0 down to Leicester yesterday we effectively trailed them by 8 points, and while not insurmountable the fact that Spurs and Man City are chasing the pack too meant it would have been highly unlikely that we could have won the league from there (though not impossible).

Arsenal goalkeeper says we “kept our cool” to turn a massive 8 points gap into a piddly two point difference, and that could be a massive deciding factor at the end of the season.

“I thought if Leicester got a point, their belief would be bigger. We closed the gap and we won a very important game and we depended on these sort of things some time ago and we are very close. You have to wait for them to lose three or four games but now it is a very small gap. Everybody has their difficult games to play.”

“It is a big difference if you wait for your opponent to lose points, so now we are only two points off the top, so it is a good spot to be in. We have plenty of difficult games to play but we had to win the game and we managed to do it. Playing against 10 men is very tricky and time was going by and we kept missing chances but [we] kept our cool and composure and found a winner.”

“We had to keep our concentration because we were becoming more and more dangerous by putting more and more numbers forward and we were searching for the winner. It became a bit tricky but what I like about our win was when they were down to 10 men, it is alway tricky to overcome the opponent coming down to 10 men, having the organisation and the players fighting for their lives. We managed to break them down and create chances.’

‘I like the fact that as time went by and we kept missing chances, we kept our composure and kept creating and coming and we had so many half chances in a spell where we could have scored more goals. There was one particular moment when Kasper, who was absolutely brilliant, [made a save] and if we had scored, we would have scored more.”

“If you have a question of five or eight points then there is big difference. In the last few 48 minutes we turned an eight-point gap to a two-point one and that is a significant difference. They have been doing really [well], but I thought we did really well. We have been creating chances and apart from two or three counter-attacks we didn`t give them much, and we managed to find the win.”

Petr Cech was the epitome of cool on a couple of occasions, first of all to deny a close range Jamie Vardy header, getting down incredibly well to thwart the league`s top scorer.

The second occasion was probably not as important as the first save but infinitely more enjoyable.

One of the Arsenal defenders (I forget which) played a back pass to Big Pete who feigned to clear the ball. An onrushing Jamie Vardy launched himself into a flying block however Cech performed the single coolest drag back I`ve ever seen. It wasn`t even like a panicked move to get him out of trouble, it was beautiful perfection.

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