Petr Cech is breaking down what broke Arsenal down: injuries, energy, and schedule congestion.
That’s not to say the Gunners don’t have the depth to overcome such things, which are fairly normal around the Emirates Stadium, but any downtime can cost a club’s title chances.
And Cech reckons that Arsenal had two months of such down time.
“If you have so many important players out with long-term injuries, it does give a chance to everybody else, but it can hurt you at certain times. If you have seven games in 21 days and your opponent has had six days off to prepare, you don’t have the advantage of rotating players.
“I thought we did so well most of the time to be able to cope with that, but unfortunately in the end we lacked a bit of energy in February and March when we dropped points. This is where the difference was made.”
Cech has been very good for Arsenal since arriving from Chelsea and remains one of the best keepers in the world. We’d pay for his thoughts on what he’s seen from his back line, and if he thinks it has the mettle of his silverware winners at Chelsea.