GAME’

Cech hails Ar­se­nal’s come-from-be­hind vic­tory against Le­ices­ter

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LONDON “an ideal start.”

“We started very well but then we made two mis­takes and they turned it around,” said Cech.

“The sec­ond goal was scored af­ter a poor pass, which can hap­pen, but we con­ceded the other two af­ter cor­ners.

“With the first cor­ner, we were late. I thought the ball would go out as it was fly­ing over me and sud­denly there was a player. I got back late, I should have han­dled this bet­ter.

“With the third goal, also af­ter a cor­ner, (Jamie) Vardy’s header was nice, but we were there and we had enough time to find our place. We have to pay at­ten­tion to this.”

Sub­sti­tutes Aaron Ram­sey and Olivier Giroud each scored in the fi­nal seven min­utes to hand Ar­se­nal a win over the 2016 cham­pi­ons.

“I’m happy we han­dled it well in the end,” said Cech, who joined the Gun­ners from Chelsea in 2015.

“We lost the open­ers in my first and sec­ond years at Ar­se­nal so now we were third time lucky.”

Mean­while, Giroud in­sisted Ar­se­nal never gave up hope of stag­ing a dra­matic fight­back.

It was an in­cred­i­ble es­cape act from Ar­se­nal, but Giroud claimed his team, who dom­i­nated possession and pep­pered the Le­ices­ter goal, never doubted they would hit back.

“Ob­vi­ously I knew that I was go­ing to have a chance so we tried to push,” Giroud said.

“We kept the faith and kept be­liev­ing in our game to push hard. We’ve been coura­geous to the end and thank God we won the game.”

Af­ter en­dur­ing a trou­bled cam­paign marred by fan protests against him last sea­son, Wenger des­per­ately needs a strong start this term.

The French­man ad­mit­ted he was re­lieved Ar­se­nal man­aged to avoid an em­bar­rass­ing open­ing day de­feat.

“When you are a foot­ball man­ager and you’re 3-2 down with 20 min­utes left, you’re happy how­ever you win,” he said. Agen­cies

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