Petr Cech: 'Away form cost Arsenal last season'

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Pin Arsenal's goalkeeper Petr Cech and Alexandre Lacazette. EFE
Arsenal's goalkeeper Petr Cech and Alexandre Lacazette. EFE

Petr Cech: 'Away form cost Arsenal last season'

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Petr Cech is aiming to improve Arsenal's woeful away form in an attempt to return to the Premier League's top four as 'the Gunners' face a trip to Newcastle on Saturday.

Arsenal missed out on Champions League football for the second successive year in Arsene Wenger's final season at the club.

The London-based club finished sixth, 12 points adrift of Liverpool in fourth, with Jurgen Klopp's side winning five more away games throughout the season.

Cech told 'Sky Sports' that this has to change, if the club hope to return to the Champions League. 

"Last season obviously the difference between being in the Champions League and Europa League was down to our away form.

"We are aware of that and it was good to see that at Cardiff, in our second away game, we won it.

"We want to carry on the momentum. We are in a position where we dropped points in the first two games, we need to keep winning now to be able to close the gap at the top if the top teams slip."

Arsenal fell to a 2-1 at St James's Park in April, so Cech is not expecting an easy ride against the Magpies.

"This time, we go to Newcastle and we expect a difficult game. I know Rafa Benitez, he is a very experienced coach with big tactically ability," Cech added.

"He will set up his team which is always difficult to play against so we expect a tough game."

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