Arsenal’s goalkeeper Petr Cech has claimed that his side have not been up to standard this season. The Gunners are chasing a Champions League place for next season, but they have found the Premier League an incredibly tough place lately, with the side currently five points short of Liverpool in fourth.
Arsenal were forced to sit out this weekend as they watched their Premier League counterparts take part in the FA Cup. This will have likely seen many of the players evaluating their position in the Premier League, with a round of games to be played in midweek.
The Gunners will be looking to cut the gap between themselves and Liverpool which currently stands at five points, as taking a Champions League place has not been as simple as they would have liked it to be.
With Manchester City odds-on favourites to win the league and being a massive 23 points clear of Arsenal, retaking a Champions League place has become the London side’s main priority, but Petr Cech has admitted that the Gunners have been under-par this season.
The goalkeeper told Sky Sports: “We are a club that belongs in the Champions League, so obviously you don’t want to spend years outside of the Champions League spots. But every year the fight for the top four spots becomes harder and harder because the league is very competitive”.
“Regardless of that, this season we have had so many games where we were not up to the standard we needed to be and this is something we need to address for the rest of the season. We should have far more points than we have at this moment”.
Arsenal have struggled this season in their mission to finish in the top-four, and they will need to begin a run of form that sees them taking maximum points from their games. Right now, Tottenham and Liverpool are both better placed to take the final Champions League spot than the Gunners, and if Arsenal cannot hit top form soon, then they will find their hopes of playing in Europe’s top competition ended.