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Arsenal have won over the supporters, says Petr Cech

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Cast your minds back a month ago, and the negativity at Arsenal was almost unbearable.

A scrappy 4-3 win over Leicester had started the season, but the 1-0 and 4-0 losses at Stoke and Liverpool that followed made that victory seem already a distant memory.

Added to the fact that no further marquee signings were recruited to those of Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac, plus contract disputes with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, and Gunners fans had every right to be frustrated.

But the tide has turned as we head into the second international break of the season.

Arsenal won all but one of their seven games in the last three weeks, that being an impressive 0-0 draw at champions Chelsea, and didn't concede in their four Premier League outings.

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech believes their upturn in form has helped the fans to get behind the team once again.

Cech says that their increased work rate has also had an impact, as well as their record at the Emirates Stadium, where they have won 11 straight games in all competitions.

"We said after the Liverpool game that the only way to bring everybody back on board was with our work attitude and the work ethic and the results and performances," he stated.

"We have been doing so, especially at home, and we feel like we have won the fans back onto our side and hopefully we can keep them happy as long as we can.

"It [the Emirates] has always been our home. Obviously every fan has the right to show if he is not happy but as players we show the way and they support us home and away wherever we go. I think this is great to see.

"It was a big disappointment at Liverpool. The way we needed to respond was through our work and our results.

"Since then, we have been doing the work and when you get positive results the confidence of the team is back."

Arsenal moved up to fifth in the Premier League with their 2-0 win over Brighton yesterday.

Though it was a comfortable win, Cech believes they still have plenty of room for improvement if they are to make a fist of the title race.

The 35-year-old is also refusing to give up on the possibility of catching the two Manchester clubs, who have set a frightening pace at the head of the table so far.

"We created a lot of shots and chances," he commented.

"At times we made a lot of mistakes as well but we covered it with our work attitude and the ethic of the whole team. That helped us to get the three points.

"You can always improve. We gave away too many balls and we made some rash decisions but as a team the cohesion is there, the defensive attitude and the offensive work as well. This is the way forward.

''We play them [Manchester City and United] both, so those will be the games where we have the opportunity to close the gap. At this time, we need to make sure we win all our games and let's see what will happen."

Topics:
Shkodran Mustafi
Arsene Wenger
Football
Premier League
Alexis Sanchez
Arsenal
Petr Cech

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