Date: 2nd May 2017 at 12:36pm
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Danny Welbeck and Petr Cech have both been speaking about their disappointment at seeing Arsenal lose to Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.

Travelling to White Hart Lane for the game, Arsenal went down two nil in the second half and speaking to the Official Site as he briefly spoke to the media at the full time whistle, a disappointed Welbeck knew everyone had to move on and use this disappointment to ensure we ended the season strongly now.

‘It’s obviously difficult to take and I felt we had a bit of control in the game but with the way it ended, 2-0 is not good for us at all.’


‘Well, we`re professional and we need to fight right until the end. As a team, get together, analyse the game and then move on from this. It`s very difficult to take for the club, for all the players, the fans. It`s not a nice one to lose and we want to make it right next week.’

Speaking himself after the game, Cech spoke of his anger at the way the game had turned against us in the second period and being the derby only made things worse.

‘Angry and disappointed because obviously this is not a game we wanted to lose and this is a very big disappointment for us. At half-time I felt we were in the game and in the second half we wanted to improve, we wanted to play to win the game. The second half was our best half – they put us under pressure, created chances and in the end they scored two goals. With all the emotions, I have to say that we met a team that was full of confidence, well organised and they are having their best season. I think today that showed, that little bit of more confidence and quality on their side. The goals obviously made a big difference.’

With a top four battle and the FA Cup to come, Cech went on to say.

‘We need to win our remaining games and then we will see. The others are losing points as well sometimes so our job is to win the remaining games and then we will see. It hurts because it was a huge game for both teams. They needed to win to keep their title chances alive. We needed to win to keep our Champions League finishing position [hopes] alive and obviously we are very disappointed because it`s a north London derby, it means a lot to the fans and it meant a lot to the club, to us. We needed three points and in the end we have none.’

Asked what he put the defeat down to.

‘I think they created a lot of chances and they managed to score the first goal, which obviously helped them. Two minutes [later] they had a penalty which they put into the back of the net. When you are 2-0 down against a team having their best season, who are full of confidence, it`s going to always be difficult and it was difficult for us to get back into the game.’

The obvious question of Tottenham finishing above us for the first time in 22 years featured.

‘Our target is to play for titles so we are disappointed with our season because we aren`t playing for a title. We have five games to play and we are out of the title race. It was not the objective so we are disappointed with that. Tottenham finishing above us or doing better is one thing, but I think the most important thing for the club, for the players, for everybody is to reach your own targets, not to worry about what the others are doing.’

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