Hector Bellerin and Petr Cech have both given interviews for the club website following another disappointing 3-1 loss to Liverpool that sees Arsenal drop out of the top four.
Both mention that the team needed to start better and execute the game plan correctly.
Bellerin said: “We need to realise that it’s just not the way to go. We need to push harder, to start the games with a better attitude and just go for it because we showed that when we go for it and want something, we can do it.”
I get that these things are just a routine piece and a lot of it should be taken with a pinch of salt, but is this something that even needs to be said? These players should be giving it 100% every single time.
Cech said: “We had two weeks to prepare for the game. We knew they were fast on the counter-attack and that they like to press a lot, so we didn’t want to give them a chance to counter-attack. In the end it’s very disappointing. The two goals we conceded in the first half were when we were in position, behind the ball and not in immediate danger.
“Believe it or not, it was the same game plan in the first and second half, we just executed it better after the break. We were more aggressive in the second half, played with more purpose and we started winning the 50:50 battles. That was the biggest difference between the two halves.”
Cech also conceded that the title is out of reach.
“With the three points we would have still been in the chase for the title, but now I think we are too far away.”
So all in all, it was a very disappointing weekend for Arsenal. All that is left is to start betting on who will be lined up for next week’s bounce back piece. I’m going with Theo Walcott.