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