By Matt Farr
Petr Cech has labelled Arsenal’s upcoming Premier League clash with Manchester City a must-win “six-pointer” but claimed it will be the “perfect” match.
The Gunners put in a poor display on Tuesday as they were defeated 2-1 by an Everton side that had just one league win in nine games.
However, Cech has urged his side to forget their disappointing defeat and turn their attention to winning their next match against Manchester City on Sunday.
The clash could make or break Arsenal’s season, with the Gunners’ recent defeat handing the advantage to Chelsea in the title race.
The Blues are already three points clear of Arsenal, and could extend their lead further with a win over Sunderland on Wednesday night.
Liverpool and Manchester City can also seize the opportunity to cut the deficit behind the north London club, with Jurgen Klopp’s side able to draw level on points with a win over Middlesbrough.
Stressing the importance of Sunday’s encounter with City, Cech told Goal.com: “You have to pick yourself up. There is a big period coming up now with the games coming thick and fast and there is no time to dwell on the defeat. You have to move on and get ready for the next one.
“Sometimes I think it is best if after a big game you play another big game.
“You have opportunities to win, it’s kind of a six-pointer – it’s probably a perfect game for us.”
Until the rest of the Premier League action gets underway on Wednesday, Arsenal remain in second-place; but a second defeat this week against their title rivals could see them drop down to fourth – potentially nine points behind Chelsea.
Manchester City have not been in the best form themselves, losing back-to-back league games against Chelsea and Leicester, and regardless of the outcome of their game with Watford on Wednesday, will be fully focused on taking all three points when Arsenal visit the Etihad at the weekend.
If they fail to do so, Pep Guardiola and his side face a long, arduous journey to regain their grip on the Premier League title race throughout the remainder of the campaign.
In other Arsenal news, pundit Alan Shearer gave his verdict on the defeat.