Petr Cech says Arsenal paid the price for rushing their build-up play as they were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough at the Emirates.
The Gunners thought they had stolen the points in stoppage time when Mesut Ozil converted Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross-shot only for the offside to be flagged by the referee’s assistant.
A victory for the home side might have been deemed harsh on the visitors who could have scored on three occasions were it not for the heroics of Cech. Speaking to Arsenal Player after the game the 34-year-old reckoned a draw was a fair result.
“We had a lot of possession but I think we rushed a little bit in the final third.
“We could have kept our cool better in the final third to find a better pass, to have better opportunities to score. We had a few shots where the goalkeeper did very well but in the end we didn’t find the goal – which is a shame.
“Overall, they had plenty of chances as well so I think we have to say maybe a draw is a fair result.”
“When they had their chances and they didn’t take them I thought that we were going to punish them for that,” added Cech.
“We had 45 minutes in the second half to find the goal, but we lost a little bit of our calm in the last third which is unlike us.
“But that’s the kind of game which can always happen. We know there’s a long way to go, I think we look in very good shape and just need to go back to work and carry on.”