Petr Cech has admitted that Arsenal ‘failed’ in their game against Tottenham as the London side fell to a 1-0 defeat in the early kick-off on Saturday which saw their top four dreams in the Premier League edge further out of their reach.
Spurs were able to take all three points from Arsenal on Saturday as they won one of the most important London derbies for many years. Harry Kane scored the only goal of the match as Arsenal, who had previously scored five goals against Everton, were completely blunted by their hosts.
The loss means that the Gunners remain on 45 points from their 27 games, while Tottenham extend their lead over Arsenal to seven points as they leapfrog both Chelsea and Liverpool to go into third.
While there are still plenty of points to be won, Arsenal are moving into a situation in which they will have to win every single one of their games, something they have shown is very unlikely to happen when taking into account their form this season.
The gap between Arsenal and the teams above them is stretching with each game and the importance of beating Tottenham cannot be overstated. Indeed, Petr Cech echoed this as he told the Metro: “As I said before the game, it was a game which had a huge importance. Not only because it was a north London derby and obviously this is the most important game for Arsenal fans. But obviously for the position in the table we were behind, we needed to close the gap and we’ve failed to do so”.
Not only do Tottenham’s fans have the bragging rights in the short term, but they also have a superb chance of once again finishing above Arsenal and denying them a spot in the Champions League for the second successive season.