Petr Cech: Arsenal Needs to Change But Can Still Win Premier League Title

Petr Cech believes Arsenal can compete for the Premier League title but said they will need to pick up points on a consistent basis, especially away from home.

Alexis Sanchez's late penalty gave Arsenal a 1-0 win at Burnley on Sunday that lifted it into fourth place on 25 points, one ahead of local rival Tottenham Hotspur.

Arsene Wenger's team trails leader Manchester City by 12 points but Cech said it was too early to rule Arsenal out of the title race as it prepares to host promoted Huddersfield Town on Wednesday.

"We need to play game by game and not think too much about what's going on around us because the only way is if you win your game you give yourself a chance," the 35-year-old goalkeeper told the British media.

"The teams at this moment who are above us, if they keep going and keep winning, then you can't catch them, but you need to make sure that you win your game first and then let's see what will happen.

"It's only 13 games in, that's the most important thing and there's so many points to be won. You need to carry on for 38 games and show consistency."

Arsenal has enjoyed a perfect record in six home league games this season but has struggled to build momentum having lost four of its seven matches on the road.

"Apart from the Everton win away, a good result at Chelsea [draw], we haven't been getting results away from home," Cech added.

Arsenal Goalkeeper Petr Cech
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech at Rajko Mitic Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia, October 19. Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty

"Hopefully we've turned the corner in terms of the away games and we need to carry on with our home form. If we can get as many away points as well then we will climb up the table."

Wenger has not won a Premier League title since 2004 with "The Invisibles", the team which went a whole season without being beaten. Since then, Arsenal has slipped into decline.

The club has won the FA Cup in three of the last four seasons but failed to mount a real title challenge, before finishing fifth last season which saw Arsenal miss out on Champions League football.

After facing David Wagner's Huddersfield on Wednesday, Wenger welcomes Jose Mourinho and Manchester United to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. The two have a rivalry that stretches back to when Mourinho first arrived in English football with Chelsea in 2004.

But Wenger has enjoyed the upper hand in the last couple of years, beating Manchester United on its last two visits to north London. Arsenal will have to do the same again if it stands a chance of catching Manchester City.

Arsenal March On
Alexis Sanchez, second right, celebrates with teammates at Turf Moor, Burnley, England, November 26. Sanchez's late penalty on Sunday saw Arsenal climb into the top four in the league. PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty