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Arsenal winning fans back with response to Liverpool loss - Petr Cech

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Petr Cech believes Arsenal have "won the fans back" after their strong response to the 4-0 thrashing at Liverpool.

Arsenal head into the international break on a run of six wins and a draw in all competitions since their humiliation on Merseyside.

And speaking after Sunday's 2-0 home win over Brighton, goalkeeper Cech told the official Arsenal website: "We said after the Liverpool game that the only way to bring everybody back on board was to work hard and show our attitude and work ethic through our results and performances.

"We've been doing so, especially at home. We feel like we've won the fans back to our side, and hopefully we can keep them happy as long as we can.

"Every fan has the right to say if they're not happy, but as players we lead the way and our fans are supporting us home and away. This is great to see."

Cech has kept four straight clean sheets in league wins over Bournemouth, West Brom and Brighton and the 0-0 draw at Chelsea.

"As a team, we're playing really well at the moment. You can see that everybody is doing the job," he said.

"You can always improve, but as a team the courage is there, the defensive attitude, the offensive work. This is the way to go forward."

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Cech was rested for Arsenal's Europa League wins over Cologne and BATE Borisov, with Arsene Wenger using a mixture of back-ups and youth players for those games.

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry said that approach would help academy products such as forward Reiss Nelson and midfielder Joe Willock take the step into the first team.

"One of the only positives to take out of Arsenal playing in the Europa League is that it is proving to be a brilliant experience for some of their youngsters," he wrote in his weekly column in the Sun.

"If Arsenal were in the Champions League they wouldn't get a look in, but with the Europa League and Carabao Cup it gives Arsene Wenger two competitions to play them in.

"Many complain that English clubs never give youngsters a chance, so you have to give credit to Wenger for throwing these youngsters in."

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.


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