Petr Cech says Arsenal will look to build on their 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion when they host Crystal Palace in the Premier League on New Year’s Day.
The Gunners earned three points against a stubborn, defensive-minded Baggies outfit — and did so thanks to a late Olivier Giroud leader from a Mesut Ozil assist.
It meant Arsene Wenger’s men could put behind them the disappointing defeats on the road at Everton and Manchester City and once more focus on staying in touch with Chelsea, City and Liverpool in the race for the title.
Next up for Wenger’s men are the Eagles, who have recently axed England manager Sam Allardyce at the helm following the departure of Alan Pardew. Allardyce took over in time to steer Palace to a point with a draw at Watford on Boxing Day.
Arsenal then take a break from league action when they ravel to Preston North End for an FA Cup third round clash at Deepdale on January 7.
But it is the league form which keeper Cech was looking at following the win over Tony Pulis’ side.
Former Chelsea No1 Cech said:
“Overall you need to be consistent to get to 87 or 88 points and it doesn’t really matter how you get to that. If you have back-to-back losses then you have to go and make up for it in different games. Then you can catch up.”
“It’s a long-term competition so if you have a period where you’ve not been particularly great, you can still make up for it. There are still enough games to make up for our blip and I also think it’s impossible for our opponents to not drop points.”
“There’s still a big opportunity for us to close the gap now. Between now and the end of January, the table might look completely different.”