Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has asked his team-mates to show the same resilience and character they displayed against Manchester City at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final. The 34-year-old Czech has urged the team to win the rest of last seven games of the Premier League season in a bid to qualify for the Champions League next season.
“We need to make sure we win every game and that the effort, focus and determination will be the same [as on Sunday], especially the confidence. I think we are going to be under pressure every game now,” Cech said, as reported by Evening Standard.
“Because of the position we are in in the league, there is no other option we are in other than to keep getting three points every game to hope that we can get the automatic qualification for the Champions League for next season.”
Arsenal are currently place seventh in the Premier League table. However, the Gunners have enough games in hand to make a push for Champions League qualification.
They host Leicester City on Wednesday night before traveling to Tottenham on Sunday afternoon. Arsenal will also host Manchester United on May 7 and have a difficult run of fixtures.
Cech believes Arsenal has bounced back well from Palace defeat
A couple of weeks ago Arsenal fell to a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace. This was one of their lowest points in recent history. But, Cech said that there was a very different mentality on Sunday. Even when City went ahead, Arsenal still believed they could win.
“I felt the confidence we started the game with, although we fell behind, you could feel we felt it wasn’t a problem. We had 30 minutes and although in a game like Crystal Palace when we fell behind and it suddenly looks like the team isn’t finding the answers to overcome the deficit,” Cech added.
Arsenal risk missing Champions League football for first time in 20 years
If Arsenal do win all seven remaining games that would leave them on 78 points. This would give them a good chance of finishing within the top four. Otherwise, they are facing the prospect of Europa League football for the first time in nearly 20 years.
Meanwhile, Arsenal will be facing Chelsea in the FA Cup final. Cech is specially looking forward to the encounter against his old club at Wembley.
“It is going to be special. Obviously every FA Cup final is special in itself and it’s against a team I had a huge success with and spent so many wonderful years. Hopefully I will be the one celebrating,” Cech stressed.
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