Petr Cech has admitted that an insistence on trying to play the ‘‘Arsenal way,’’ actually stopped the Gunners enjoying more success in recent seasons.
During the second part of Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign as Arsenal manager, the Gunners became renowned for playing beautiful attacking football, although an inability to balance this with a solid defence and work ethic stopped the North London club from ever really being able to sustain a challenge for the Premier League title.
Former Chelsea ‘keeper Cech has now revealed that at times it felt like playing the ‘’Arsenal way,’’ was deemed to be more important than actually winning football matches.
“What we lacked in the past…I would say the Arsenal way was more important than getting the points sometimes and this is not sometimes how you win the league,” Cech told reporters after yesterday’s 2-0 win over Everton at the Emirates.
“Sometimes you need to make sure you win an ugly game, when you are not playing completely well but you just dig deep, close the back door and win 1-0 no matter how.
“I think this is what we lacked since I arrived, over the last three years. Yesterday we showed, going through difficult moments in the game, we managed to get the win with the clean sheet so this is very positive.
“I think the place became much more demanding in every way so this is great to see because this is what initially drives everybody forward and gives you the kind of kick that ‘I’m not doing enough to start the game’ or ‘I’m not doing enough to keep my spot in the game’.”