Arsenal were stunned by West Ham in their opening game of the Premier League season. The Hammers won the game 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium and new Gunners goalkeeper Petr Cech’s actions on both goals have come into question.
With the addition of Cech in the offseason, many pundits and fans have been speculating Arsenal could challenge for the title. Well, it didn’t start out all that well against West Ham in the opening game of the season.
West Ham took the lead in the 43rd minute after Cheikhou Kouyate headed in a free kick from Dimitri Payet. Cech came out to punch the ball, but his timing was off and it was an easy goal for the 25-year-old Senegalese midfielder.
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Despite having a vast majority of the possession and nine shots on goal, Arsenal were unable to get on the scoreboard as Cech’s counterpart in the West Ham net, Adrian had a fine game.
On the second goal, which came in the 57th minute, Mauro Zarate shot a fairly easy shot from the left upper corner of the penalty area. But Cech took a step in the wrong direction when anticipating the shot and it ended up going into the back of the net.
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was not happy about the result and the performance as he spoke to the media after the game.
“I think our performance was not convincing. On the two aspects of our game, going forward and defending,” said Wenger. “Overall we were punished. On top of that, I feel we gave two very cheap goals away and they were at the wrong moments – just before and after half-time with two minutes to go, and just after half-time. We gave ourselves a mountain to climb. West Ham looked a bit sharper than us, more advanced in preparation than us. In the end we wanted, but it was not convincing, not agile, not quick. Our passing was too slow and in the end we were punished.”
After spending 11 seasons at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea, Cech left for Arsenal this summer after getting demoted to a backup role last season with the emergence of Thibaut Courtois.