In a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Premier League rivals Chelsea, Petr Cech admitted his beliefs that Arsenal were the better side for at least an hour in the clash.

Chelsea took an easy lead through Diego Costa, but this only came around due to Per Mertesacker’s sending off in the 18th minute after bringing down the Spanish forward, who was closing in on goal.

But the ex-Chelsea keeper believes, as reported by the club’s official website, that the Gunners were the more dominant side for much of the game, especially in the second half, despite only having 9 shots with one on target.

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For 60 minutes we were the better team, we showed great character, we just needed a bit of luck to find the net.

The referee made the decision to give the red card and had a clear view, if there was contact then it was the correct decison because Per Mertesacker was the last man.

They could sit back and control the game, we had to sit deeper and wait for opportuinitites.

In the second half we were more aggressive and I thought we did well. We had some half chances and some moments where we were close but could not find the equaliser.

I thought for 70 minutes we were brilliant, in terms of the team effort and the organisation. We were not far from getting something out of the game. When you play against the champions and are down to 10 men for such a long time… we are only three points off the lead and have Leicester and Southampton at home coming up. They are difficult games but if we can keep winning our games, we can go back to the top.

Chelsea may not be able to affect the title race for themselves but with this win they have stopped Arsenal reclaiming the top spot over current lague leaders Leicester City.