Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has called on his side to respond after their surprise defeat to Watford. The Gunners missed an opportunity to make up ground on Premier League leaders Chelsea, who were held to Liverpool, and now they face the table-toppers needing nothing short of all three points to ensure the title race remains wide open. Arsenal are nine points adrift with 15 to go, but could narrow the gap if they can win at Stamford Bridge in the league for the first time since 2011.
Arsenal’s start to their last game against Watford was heavily criticised. The poor and languid warm-up was analysed as a potential hint of things to come, and Petr Cech admits they came out of the blocks far too slowly. “Above everything, we let ourselves down in the opening 20 minutes of the Watford game. We had a two-goal deficit and suddenly we had an opponent who was full of confidence and they made it very difficult,” he said.
“In the second half it was a very good performance, we put them under huge pressure and had a lot of chances. But on the other hand, when you start the way we started you are asking for trouble and that is exactly what happened. I think we owe ourselves a performance that will get us back on track.” Arsenal are 13/4 to win against Chelsea this afternoon.