Arsenal goalie recognizes importance of strong away form
Petr Cech is targetting to end Arsenal's away form in an attempt to return the north London side to the Premier League top four.
The former Chelsea man is aware of the away form as Gunners had a poor record last season under Arsene Wenger. The Gunners registered four victories away from home, 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. Now under Unai Emery, Arsenal will be hoping to make it two consecutive away wins when they travel to St James Park to take on Newcastle after a 3-2 away win to Cardiff before the international break.
“Last season obviously the difference between being in the Champions League and Europa League was down to our away form. We are aware of that and it was good to see that at Cardiff, in our second away game, we won it," said Cech.
“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 of the top teams slips.”
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. He will set up his team which is always difficult to play against so we expect a tough game.”
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