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Tuesday 25 June 2019

Arsenal’s Petr Cech recognises importance of strong away form

The Gunners have struggled on the road in recent months.

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech knows the Gunners have to improve their form away from home (Victoria Jones/PA).
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech knows the Gunners have to improve their form away from home (Victoria Jones/PA).

By Press Association Sport staff

Petr Cech is aiming to banish Arsenal’s woeful away form to the history books in an attempt to return to the Premier League’s top four.

The Gunners missed out on Champions League football for the second successive year in Arsene Wenger’s final season at the helm.

Just four victories away from the Emirates Stadium, with a 1-0 win at Huddersfield on the final day their only three-point haul on the road in the second half of the season, was the main factor.

Arsenal finished sixth, 12 points adrift of Liverpool in fourth, with Jurgen Klopp’s side winning five more away games throughout the season.

Now under the guidance of head coach Unai Emery, Arsenal went into the international break on the back of a 3-2 win at Cardiff and travel to Newcastle on Saturday looking for back-to-back away league wins for the first time since May 2017.

“Last season obviously the difference between being in the Champions League and Europa League was down to our away form,” Cech told Sky Sports.

“We are aware of that and it was good to see that at Cardiff, in our second away game, we won it.

“We want to carry on the momentum. We are in a position where we dropped points in the first two games, we need to keep winning now to be able to close the gap at the top if the top teams slip.”

Arsenal lost 2-1 at St James’s Park in April and, having played under Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez at Chelsea, Cech is not expecting an easy ride against the Magpies.

“This time, we go to Newcastle and we expect a difficult game. I know Rafa Benitez, he is a very experienced coach with big tactically ability,” said Cech.

“He will set up his team which is always difficult to play against so we expect a tough game.”

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