Petr Cech was praised as a game changing signing when we lured him away from Chelsea this past summer, but the 33-year-old was unquestionably the worst player on the pitch during our disappointing 2-0 loss against West Ham.
The Czech international was at fault for both goals, but Arsene Wenger has refused to lay the blame firmly at his feet.
“It was a collective lapse,” Wenger said, when asked about the opening goal (via Goal).
“There are many things to say about that.
“I knew that if the delivery was good, we were in trouble before the free-kick was taken. The concentration and organisation was not there from the set-piece -too far from our goal, too much distance to run into, we killed ourselves.
“I haven’t spoken to him [Cech] yet. I can’t see many individual convincing performances today so it’s difficult to single one out.
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“Our passing was not incisive enough. Today we have to look at ourselves. We were not good enough.”
After a fantastic pre-season for both Arsenal and Cech individually, we were hoping for a bright start to the Premier League campaign. We got quite the opposite though, and it’s hard not to be a little disappointed at the performance of the former Blues shot-stopper.
Wenger is obviously right when he says we can’t single Cech out completely, as the team in general simply failed to turn up. Two big mistakes from him led to West Ham goals though, and more is expected of the man still widely considered to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
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We also can’t judge from a single game – his league debut no less – and must save judgement until the veteran keeper has had time to bed in.