Arsenal shot-stopper Petr Cech has come under fire from his clubs fans this week, and I for one think it is completely unfounded.
The 34 year-old joined our club from rivals Chelsea in the summer of 2015 and has been a huge upgrade on a number of our previous number ones.
Cech is the record holder for most clean sheets in the Premier League era, and also holds the best clean-sheet per appearance of those who have 100 or more shut-outs in the PL, with one every 0.48 matches on average.
Our club as a whole has suffered a loss a form in recent weeks, and some fans have taken to Twitter to slam the former Czech international, with one fan even claiming we were duped into signing him.
I've been asking for Ospina to be number 1 since last season. If it doesn't happen now, it never well. We were conned into signing Cech.
— jeremie (@aliladiere) February 1, 2017
I would love to hear that this is only a minority opinion, especially as the Watford goals were hardly his wrong-doing. Too many fans are usually too quick to throw someone under the bus, and this for one has me astounded.
David Ospina has shown he is more than up to the challenge of deputising in his place, but he doesn’t command the back-four in the way the former Chelsea man does, nor does he have the shot-stopping ability in my opinion.
Cech coming up against his former side this weekend is hardly a reason to want him dropped from the starting XI either, as he has a point to prove having been dislodged by Thibaut Courtois between the sticks, and there is no way he would go into the game wanting to be upstaged by his younger counter-part.
Do we really want Cech to be dropped this weekend? Is he really at fault for many concessions this term?