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Petr Cech at ease with missing out on the Champions League

It’s not ideal but it’s also not a problem for the Czech keeper.

Arsenal v Everton - Premier League Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images

With Arsenal ending the season on a high note thanks to a 3-1 victory over Everton but the campaign being a net disappointment thanks to a fifth place finish in the league, it would be easy for players to see the season through a glass half empty lens. However, goalkeeper Petr Cech is choosing to look forward to the coming season and isn’t too concerned about the club’s final position in the table.


"If you have one off year in 20 years, it's not a problem," he told Arsenal's official website. "I think the club has a strong foundation, strong organisation and everything to be out for one year and come back straight in, like Chelsea did last season. I think it helped them not to be involved [in Europe] this season, because they could keep all their energy for the league."

Cech also touched on manager Arsene Wenger’s post-match comments regarding any additions this summer and the core of the team staying as is.

"I think that's the main [thing], you need to keep the team together and try to strengthen it in areas the manager would like to," Cech said. "Then we'll be ready to go again. We had four more points than last year, so we improved in terms of our points total. But the others had a great season and it was not enough to be in the top four."

Here’s hoping that Cech’s optimism and positive outlook will translate to results on the pitch next season as this club will have to navigate through mostly uncharted territories it hasn’t seen in a long, long time.