Petr Cech has admitted that his penalty record is a frustrating one as he has failed to save a spot-kick while with Arsenal, a record that dates back to when he joined the club back in 2015, with 15 consecutive penalties scored against him.
Arsenal were finally able to put the Alexis Sanchez transfer saga behind them after the player joined Manchester United. Sanchez had initially been linked with a move to their rivals Manchester City, but a move did not materialise, and he has instead switched to Jose Mourinho’s side instead.
Arsenal have since been looking to strengthen their squad in the current transfer window as they chase a spot in next season’s Champions League. This began with the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and they are now reportedly close to signing Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
However, many fans will cite that they also need to add strength to their backline. West Brom’s Jonny Evans has been spoken about as a potential signing, but other than that, it seems as though the Gunners’ defence will remain largely unchanged.
This means that their current group of players will have to improve in order to climb the table. Goalkeeper Petr Cech will likely be looking to improve upon his less than stellar penalty saving record, with the player failing to save any of the last 15 penalties he has faced.
He told Sky Sports: “It’s an amazing run, you have to say. I don’t like it at all obviously. Throughout my career, all the big trophies came through saving penalties and suddenly you have a run where you don’t save a penalty for such a long time”.
“It’s very frustrating for a goalkeeper because I’m not used to conceding penalties. But you need to carry on your preparation and I believe the day will come where everything is reversed. It will happen”.
Cech’s record is something that will not bother him if Arsenal can begin to win their games more often. The goalkeeper will be looking to reduce the number of goals they have conceded in the league this season which currently stands at 31 in 24 games. This has seen many cite Arsenal’s defence as the reason why they have struggled.