Petr Cech says that the Arsenal players are having a hard time translating their training ground work into match-day performances, and that they need to turn things around quickly to secure Champions League qualification.
With just one win in the last five Premier League games, Arsenal have slipped out of the top four, and the prospect of finishing outside those positions for the first time in Arsene Wenger’s time as manager is increasing.
The 34 year was in his home country to pick up the Czech Player of the Year award, and spoke to local press about the situation at Arsenal, insisting that the problems they have in matches are not evident in the build-up.
“We have none during preparations or in training,” he said. “The issue is taking it all to matches. That’s the worst part. When things don’t go well in training, you can work on that, make it right, but this is not the case.
“Our levels of performance in matches are not near what this team can do, what it should be doing.
“We’ve lost too many points and our rivals took advantage of that. We need to start winning to qualify for the Champions League. If we aren’t be in it, it wouldn’t be appropriate,” he continued.
“As players, we need to focus on ourselves, on our performances. If we win five matches, the situation will change.
“It’s not just the coach who is responsible, but the players as well. We still have time to recover, but it’s running out quick.
“We need to win straight away, the team has the experience to turn this situation around.”
He was also asked about fan protests and unrest surrounding Arsene Wenger, and said results between now and May will play a part.
“I think the main thing is how the season pans out,” he said, “that will have a big influence.
“After more than 21 years, he has the right to decide that.”
Having come off against West Brom last weekend, Cech believes his injury will only be a ‘matter of weeks’ and he should be fit again not long after the Interlull.
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