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Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech: "We lacked invention"

Arsenal keeper Cech:
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Petr Cech believes that Arsenal could have taken a point from their Premier League meeting with Manchester City had they been more decisive in the final third.

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has put his side's defeat to Manchester City down to a 'lack of invention' in the final third of the field.

The Gunners succumbed to a 2-0 loss at the Emirates Stadium in manager Unai Emery's first match in charge, courtesy of goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva either side of half time.

City always looked the more likely to score with the game poised at 1-0, but Cech believes that a point was there for the taking if his teammates took more of a gamble early in the second half.

"We feel that we could have got something from the game," he told BBC Sport. "In the second half, we forced them to make mistakes and we had some opportunities. Unfortunately, we lacked invention to find the killer pass.

"When you play against a team of City's quality and confidence it is always going to be difficult. Inevitably, you can make a few mistakes. It was a shame we couldn't finish off our counter-attacks and overall we're disappointed with the defeat."

Arsenal have just two victories in their last nine opening weekend Premier League games.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City97202632323
2Liverpool97201631323
3Chelsea96302071321
4Arsenal970222111121
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs9702167921
6Bournemouth95221612417
7Watford95131312116
8Everton94321512315
9Wolverhampton WanderersWolves943298115
10Manchester UnitedMan Utd94231516-114
11Leicester CityLeicester94051515012
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton93241013-311
13Burnley92251017-78
14West Ham UnitedWest Ham9216814-67
15Crystal Palace9216511-67
16Southampton9135614-86
17Cardiff CityCardiff9126819-115
18Fulham91261125-145
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield9036418-143
20Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9027614-82

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