It’s Wednesday and our next game is still some days away, against ‘Loserpool. Those guys that end up nearly signing a new squad every summer.
Speaking about signings, we have signed the least number in the League this season. Every team in the Premier League has signed at least 3 players apart from the mighty Arsenal though.
For us tho, we signed the guy that some people said could be the last piece of Wenger’s puzzle, the guy who his former teammates said can win us as much as 15 points this season. Petr Cech!!!
Sadly though, he has kinda caused us 3 points already and maybe could have helped us get a clean sheet in the last game.
If I remember well, When Cech came he went on about how he came to help this club win trophies and how he has come to keep clean sheets.
Preseason came and he sure looked the part and then the season started.
First game against West Ham and two silly goals conceded, his head was on the sticks already. Arsenal fans everywhere ranting about how he could have done better for the two goals.
Second game against Palace, which we won. He fared a lot better but still failed to keep his first clean sheet for The Arsenal.
For our next match, where we play Liverpool like I said earlier, we are sure going to need Cech to bring his A game to the party.
As much as Cech has history for being a really really really good keeper, I am of the belief that a goalkeeper is as good as his defence and this brings me to talking about our defence.
Cech might have lost some of his sharpness due to his time spent on the bench last season but he sure hasn’t lost it. Watching highlights of our first two games and trust me, we could have done a lot better defensively to save Cech the trauma he suffered.
Against West Ham, yes he rushed out untimely and maybe didn’t calculate well but what happened to the person marking Kouyate?? Every team in the world knows how easy it is to exploit us from set pieces and Cech would have to use his experience to help solve that problem.
For the second West Ham goal, yes Cech again took a wrong step. That one step to the left before trying to get back to the ball was his undoing but then what happened to the almost 5 players around Payet who let him shoot.
Let us not even forget Koscielny who was in front and instead of sliding or trying to block the ball at all costs just gave way for it to pass. Am sure in his mind, he thought ‘’Cech is there, he’ll catch it’’
Guess he thought wrong but then he did the same thing for the Palace goal which was a nice shot by Ward to make the game 1-1.
Whether he likes it or not, the jury is out on Cech already and he has to step up performances but then our defence would do him a lot of good by providing those blocks.
If you remember what I wrote in my last piece, Cech has to get used to playing with 4 defenders ‘cos the era of 10 defenders is gone.
All I am saying is, our defenders could help a lot in making Cech look as good as he should and he sure could do with some support from US,the supporters.
Against Liverpool on Monday, he has a chance to right his few wrongs and I believe he would.
Thanks for reading.