Petr Cech believes Arsenal’s trip to Manchester City on Sunday is the perfect fixture for the Gunners after their disappointing defeat at Everton.
Arsene Wenger’s men missed the opportunity to return to the top of the table on Tuesday when they went down 2-1 at Goodison Park and know that a second defeat in quick succession could see them nine points adrift of leader Chelsea in the blink of an eye.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, Cech urged his teammates not to dwell on their first league defeat since 14 August:
“Sometimes I think it is best if after a big game you play another big game. You have opportunities to win, it’s a kind of a six-pointer [against City] – it’s probably a perfect game for us.
On the manner of defeat at Everton he added, “We played well with the ball and we didn’t give them chances. Second half, obviously with the goal they came back into the game and in the Premier League it’s very difficult.
“You can’t control games for 90 minutes, there will be moments where the opponents will show their quality.
“Today, although they were not dangerous for most of the game, they found two goals and in the end you go home with a defeat. But you have to pick yourself up.
“There is a big period coming up now with the games coming thick and fast and there is no time to dwell on the defeat. You have to move on and get ready for the next one.”