Wednesday 17 October 2018

'Arsenal way' was more important than points - Cech

Arsenal’s Petr Cech. Photo: Reuters
Arsenal’s Petr Cech. Photo: Reuters

Luke Brown

Arsene Wenger put the 'Arsenal way' of playing above winning matches and trophies in his final years at the Emirates Stadium, according to goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Wenger stepped down as Arsenal manager in May after 22 years in charge, having endured years of criticism from those who argued that the Frenchman's reluctance to change his approach towards training and tactics had taken the club backwards.

Unai Emery was chosen as Wenger's successor on a three-year contract and after a difficult start, the Spaniard has presided over four consecutive Arsenal victories.

And speaking after Arsenal's 2-0 win over Everton, Cech said he believes Emery is already bringing back qualities absent under Wenger that are required for silverware.

Lacked

"What we lacked in the past - I would say the 'Arsenal way' was more important than getting the points sometimes and this is not how you win the league," Cech said.

"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 over the last three years, since I arrived (in 2015). Against Everton, we went through difficult moments in the game but we managed to get the win and with the clean sheet so this is very positive.

"I think the place has become 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'.

"This is how it should be. We have very healthy competition and we are actually taking the benefit of it.

"This club hasn't won the league for over 10 years so obviously you need to get back to knowing how to do it." (© Independent News Service)

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