Arsenal’s Petr Cech admitted Sunday’s loss to Manchester United was a big blow but the goalkeeper said there is still a lot to play for in the race for the Premier League title.
The Gunners made the trip to Old Trafford on Sunday looking to close the gap to table-toppers Leicester City to two points after the Foxes’ 1-0 win over Norwich City on Saturday.
However, despite United being plagued with injuries and fielding a youthful team, Arsene Wenger’s men were unable to get the job done as they wilted under the pressure.
Marcus Rashford, who scored two goals in his senior debut in the Europa League on Thursday, was the star of the show as the 18-year-old grabbed a brace in the 3-2 win for the Red Devils.
The defeat has not changed Arsenal’s position in the table, with the club sitting third, but they are now three points behind second-place Tottenham and five adrift of Leicester.
It has been a demoralising week for the Gunners, who also lost 2-0 to Barcelona in the Champions League last-16 first-leg at the Emirates, but Cech is hoping his side can respond in perfect fashion.
Wenger’s men take on Swansea on Wednesday before facing a crucial clash with Spurs on Saturday and the former Chelsea shot-stopper wants to see more fight.
“This is a step back but we need to keep working,” he said. “We have two important games coming up this week and if we manage to win both, the table might look better again.”
Arsenal are 1.33 favourites to defeat Swansea, the draw is priced at 4.75 while the Welsh outfit are quoted 9.00 as they look to ease their relegation fears.