Arsenal finally managed to end their wait for a win in the 2016-17 league campaign after managing a convincing 3-1 win over strugglers Watford.
The newly promoted team has put up a good fight against the likes of Chelsea and Southampton in the first two games of the campaign. However, they are clearly under equipped to deal with the best teams in the Premier League. Arsenal can certainly be included in this category since they finished as the runners up last season. However, this campaign has been rather difficult for the club as they have not been able to get a win in the first two games.
The game against Watford promised a lot and this turned out to be the case as they grabbed three goals in an entertaining first half. Even though Watford threatened with a second-half comeback, it was never going to come with Arsenal shutting up shop quite convincingly. After the game, goalkeeper Petr Cech said that there is relief at the club after managing the first win of the campaign. The winners of great importance considering that Arsenal have games against Paris St Germain and Chelsea coming up. They need as much confidence as they can carry into these games.
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Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has named his former teammate at which London, Petr Cech, as a legend.
Now playing with Arsenal, Petr Cech is regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers to have represented Chelsea. Prior to his skull injury almost a decade ago,Cech was considered as the best goalkeeper in the world bar Gianluigi Buffon. Such was the incredible quality within the Czech Republic shot stopper that he commanded a transfer fee of £ 10 million – even at the age of 35 – for his move to Arsenal almost 12 months ago.
Cech and Drogba came together for the MLS All-Star match during the weekend. Ahead of the game, Drogba labelled the goalkeeper as a legend. Drogba andCech share a lot of good and bad memories during their time at Chelsea. The duo were considered as part of the incredible spine, which kept to the club together even during the tough times, that managed to win a number of titles like the Champions League. Cech and Drogba were the heroes for the club during the 2012 penalty shootout victory in the Champions League against Bayern Munich.Cech made a couple of crucial saves in the penalty shootout while Drogba scored the winning penalty to secure the much elusive title for the blues.
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Arsenal and the Czech Republic goalkeeper has announced his retirement from international football.
He said that he want to focus on his club career and want to give the chance to others to represent the Czech Republic in international tournaments.
Petr Cech, who is currently 34-years old, has made 121 appearances for the Czech Republic since his first match in 2002.
The Arsenal player told the media that it was his dream to represent his country for at least one match and having managed to do it for 121 matches is a great achievement for him. He said that he is very proud of having represented his country, and he has no regret to retire from international football.
His last participation at an international tournament has been in the Euro 2016 in France where he has played all three games. The Czech Republic did not manage to qualify for the next round after finishing the group stage with only one point. Read more »
When Arsene Wenger signed Petr Cech in the summer, some pundits argued that he will be worth an additional 10-15 point for Arsenal.
However this has failed to materialize, and when you compare last season’s stats to the current one, Arsenal has only improved the amount of goals conceded by two units.
And when you consider the goals that Petr Cech conceded against Manchester City, you begin to wonder what had happened to the player. Arsenal fans have made their feelings known on Twitter and have even compared the former Chelsea player to Manuel Almunia.
When you consider that Cech has been beaten quite easily by Kevin de Bruyne on Sunday, you wonder whether the signing of the Czech player has really been an upgrade for Arsenal. And this was not the first time since Cech conceded a similar goal to Bolasie in a match against Crystal Palace.
One possible explanation for this performance is that at Chelsea, Petr Cech was used to playing behind a solid defence. Indeed, under Mourinho, Chelsea was difficult to break down, and this provided an additional layer of security for Petr Cech. Players such as de Bruyne would not have been allowed time to shoot at Cech if he was playing with the Chelsea defence in front of him. Read more »
The power player might actually be returning to the field as early as the Watford Saturday game. Arsene Wenger (the head Arsenal manager) is going to be making an official late decision on whether or not they can play Petr Cech and while nothing is confirmed as of yet, Wenger confirmed that all of the club’s players were in high spirits and great form after the international break.
Cech was sidelined immediately after following a calf injury which came after a 2-1 blow in a Premier League game. While Swansea celebrated the victory, Cech had to just sit there and watch from a hospital bed while doctors did a battery of tests on his leg. After the March 2 blow, Cech was more determined than ever to return to the field and since then has been working hard to return to full time training.
During an announcement by Wenger, Cech was not currently scheduled to begin training and the official decision of putting him back in the squad hasn’t been made yet. It’s still risky to do so with his injury healing up and we’ll have to see how his healing from the injury plays out. We can all hope for a speedy recovery but jumping back into the field too quickly could provoke further and more serious injury. Read more »
There has been a lot of speculation over the future of Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy over the last few days.
Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has indeed confirmed that there might be some truth in the speculation. The Frenchman has struggled to make an impact at Villa since his arrival a few months ago. They continue to reside at the bottom of the table and Villa have already gone adrift in this position. There needs to be a massive turnaround in fortunes if the club are even to think about fighting against relegation.
The summer signings certainly have not favoured the manager and he is determined to bring some of his own players in January. Since the club are unlikely to spend a lot of money due to the prospect of going down being a significant threat, Villa will have to make do with only loan signings. Remi Garde is trying to use his contacts and his great relationship with his compatriot Arsene Wenger to get a quality player like Debuchy on-board. The former Newcastle United defender has found first-team opportunities difficult due to the good form shown by Hector Bellerín. It looks highly unlikely that he will displace the Spaniard in this season. Read more »