Cech: Efficiency in front of goal decided the game


Petr Cech says Manchester United’s attacking efficiency made the difference at the Emirates as Jose Mourinho’s side stole all three points against a dominant but error-prone Arsenal.

The Gunners had 76% of the ball, earned 12 corners and forced David de Gea to make 14 saves as they peppered the visitors’ goal with 33 shots, however, they still went down 3-1.

After the 3-1 defeat, Cech drew attention to the abject start made by his teammates who gifted the Red Devils two goals inside 15 minutes.

“It is an unlucky game,” he told Arsenal.com. “We need to make sure that when we create chances in a big game we score and don’t make mistakes, which the game was decided by at the start with our two mistakes and they scored.

“At the half-time we were sure after having so many chances that if we scored it would be on, and I thought after 2-1 they missed a big chance and we had a few chances to equalise.

“We thought it would be the turning point but unfortunately they scored a third goal and the efficiency in front of goal decided the game.

“There are not many times you play United and you dominate the whole game, having so many chances, so this is positive, but we are disappointed.”

Earlier in the week, the Gunners found an extra gear against Huddersfield to turn a nervy one goal lead into a 5-0 hammering for the visitors. On Saturday, the same ruthlessness went missing.

“We played against Huddersfield and we were on the other side of it,” lamented Cech.

“We had a spell where we had four shots and everything went in, this time it was the opposite.

“Obviously you need to make sure before every game that you give everything, and we completely dominated most of the game but got nothing out of it, so it’s disappointing.”

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