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Sunday, February 12, 2017

'THE TABLE IS VERY CONGESTED' - CECH ADMITS ARSENAL ARE LOOKING OVER THEIR SHOULDER

The Gunners goalkeeper insists the focus at
the Emirates Stadium remains locked on
leaders Chelsea but concedes that a top-four
battle is intensifying
Petr Cech has admitted that Arsenal "need to
look behind" as their standing inside the
Premier League’s top four comes under
threat.
The Gunners boast a faultless record of
securing Champions League qualification
under Arsene Wenger, but there is no
guarantee that they will book a return ticket
to that competition this season.
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Capital rivals Chelsea have opened up a
commanding lead at the top of the table, with
the Blues now 10 points clear of the chasing
pack.
Arsenal sit alongside neighbours Tottenham in
joint-second on 50 points, but Manchester
United in sixth are just two points back on
that total.
Manchester City in fifth also have a game in
hand on all of those around them, which could
allow them to move up the standings.
With there so much to play for and so little
separating five ambitious clubs, Cech
acknowledges that Arsenal need to keep a
close eye on those above and below them.
"They have a big advantage, Chelsea, so we
need to keep winning our games," he told the
Gunners’ official website.
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"And obviously not only looking ahead but we
need to look behind as well because for the
Champions League positions the table is very
congested."
Arsenal returned to winning ways over the
weekend by overcoming Hull City in a 2-0
victory at the Emirates Stadium.
Wenger’s side had suffered back-to-back
defeats prior to that outing, and Cech is
aware they cannot afford any more wobbles.
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He added: "We need to be consistent, that's
the first thing. We have periods when we are
doing really well, then we had a week when
we lost both games and didn't play well.
"So we need to make sure that we carry on
and improve where we can.
Wenger: I'm not ready to rest yet
"We need to make sure we are ready for every
game because each game will be like a final.”
Arsenal are not in Premier League action
again until March 4, with the first leg of a
Champions League last-16 showdown against
Bayern Munich and an FA Cup fifth-round tie
at Sutton United next on their schedule.


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