Former-Liverpool defender Steve Nicol has claimed that Petr Cech is nearing the end of his playing days after a glittering career with Chelsea, with the goalkeeper criticised by some fans this season.
Arsenal fell to a hugely damaging 1-0 loss at the hands of Tottenham on Saturday. Harry Kane was able to eclipse the attacking talent the Gunners have at their disposal as he scored the only goal of the game.
In the short term, the defeat has seen Tottenham’s fans take the bragging rights following the win over their bitter rivals. In the long term, it has dealt a major blow to Arsenal’s top four hopes. The Gunners are currently a massive seven points short of Tottenham in fourth-place as the London side are now floating in uncertainty. While there are still a number of games still to come, Arsenal are nearing a situation in which they will have to win all of their games, something their form suggests they cannot do.
There have been a number of below-par performances in recent months that have hurt the side, and some fans have scrutinised goalkeeper Petr Cech this season. The veteran-goalkeeper enjoyed huge success at Chelsea but has come in for criticism recently. The Express reported that, on Cech, former-Liverpool defender Steve Nicol said: “I still believe in Petr Cech myself, he’s solid. Gone are the days where he’s getting you five-10 points a season with some miraculous saves. But his basics are still spot on. He’s coming to the end of his career, 35 years of age”.
“I think Ospina is beginning to push him. I don’t think he leaves in the summer, maybe next summer”.
Cech played well against Tottenham as Spurs had a number of chances to put the game out of Arsenal’s reach. However, some fans are calling for David Ospina to start ahead of Cech, or for Arsene WEnger to bring in a new goalkeeper.