Petr Cech says that criticism of Arsenal’s players for lacking characters is incorrect, and that recent results don’t reflect the make-up of the squad.
The Gunners have had a faltering few months in the Premier League, and face a very tricky run in to try and achieve a top four spot, but the former Czech international dismissed claims that there were no leaders in the squad.
“I think it’s easy to hide behind ‘oh they lack leaders but they have leaders’,” he said. “You need to see behind the scenes how well the team works and how we operate.
“Sometimes you have periods of games where you prepare and do the right things but the game starts and it goes completely wrong.
“We had a difficult period where the team was losing games it should have not lost and obviously you come to the situation where you play under pressure and need to find a way out.
“Sometimes you find a way out quickly and sometimes it takes a bit of time.”
It certainly has taken a bit of time for Arsenal, but the 2-1 win over Man City on Sunday showed some promising signs at least.
It’s now about whether they can replicate that effort and performance for the final seven games of the season, starting tomorrow night against Leicester at the Emirates.
“The FA Cup is at the end of the season so there will be a lot of conditions before we play the final,” continued the 34 year old.
“Our target is to finish as high as possible. At the moment we have games in hand but the situation in the league is a bit complicated for us.
“We will be able only to judge and measure at the end of the season. Then we’ll see for the final because if you don’t qualify for the Champions League it will be a big loss and a big disappointment.”