Petr Cech says Arsenal had two choices after they were reduced to ten men against Leicester; back their attacking quality and go for it, or sit back and hope to nab a goal.
After Konstantinos Mavropanos’ 15th minute dismissal, just 60 seconds after Kelechi Iheanacho had opened the scoring for the hosts, the Gunners opted for the former, found an equaliser but then got run ragged on the break and lost 3-1.
A seventh consecutive league defeat away from home is the club’s worst run on the road since 1966. Ouch. That said, given our league position is already confirmed, it’s not something worth losing sleep over.
“We had nothing to wait for because we were down to 10 men,” said Cech of the Gunners’ kamikaze football.
“We had to make sure that we played and couldn’t just wait and give them the ball and wait for their chances.
“They had chances from counter-attacking in the first half, but as I said, when you go down to 10 men you have two options.
“You can defend your box and wait for one chance, but obviously with our quality of football we believe that if you have more of the ball, even down to 10 men, then we will create more to score the goal.
“In the end, we did so, but the second goal killed the game.”
For all the disappointment, Cech still felt the team played with the right spirit.
“We obviously gave them an advantage to play quite a long time against 10 men but I felt that we dug really deep and we obviously needed to defend at times and be compact and wait for our opportunities to counter-attack.
“I thought that we had two or three very good opportunities. In the second half we scored a goal and we were right back in the game but unfortunately, the second goal, the penalty, gave them back the lead and then they waited for a counter-attack and confirmed their win.”