Cech: Arsenal must forget boxing day

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has urged his team-mates to forget Saturday's 4-0 defeat to Southampton as they prepare to face Bournemouth at the Emirates on Monday.

The Gunners missed a golden opportunity to overtake Leicester City at the top of the Premier League table when they suffered their heaviest defeat in the league at the hands of Southampton.

Leicester city, who were beaten 1-0 by Liverpool, were two points above the Gunners before kick-off, but the result at St Mary's Stadium has seen the Foxes remain at the summit of the table.

"We had a game where nothing was really happening for us and everything was happening for them," Cech told the club's official website.

"We made more mistakes and with the possession we had in the second half we didn't seem to find the right passes at the right time.

"We lacked efficiency. Football is about scoring goals and we couldn't find our chances… and we got punished for it."

The Boxing Day defeat marked the first time this season that Arsenal had let in two or more goals and it was the first time in 11 games that they had failed to score.

"The positive thing is there is a game on Monday and we will be ready to bounce back," Cech added.

Bournemouth are undefeated in their last six Premier League encounters and currently occupy 14th place in the Premier League standings with 20 points from their opening 20 fixtures.