This criticised Arsenal star can still do it for Wenger and can prove it v Tottenham
COMMENT By George Brooks
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher said recently that Petr Cech is no longer a great goalkeeper “just a good one”.
Whether he should have saved Kevin de Bruyne’s shot in the recent 3-1 defeat at Manchester City or not is a different matter, but there is plenty of evidence that says Cech is not the force that he used to be.
However, that doesn’t mean he should be consigned to the scrapheap.
He is still an extremely experienced and capable goalkeeper and he has shown on a number of occasions that he is more than good enough for the Gunners.
While he may no longer be the exceptional goalkeeper he used to be, the 35-year-old is still one of the best shot stoppers the Premier League has to offer.
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Ever since Jens Lehmann left the club, Arsene Wenger has endured seasons of below-par goalkeeping and experimented with the likes of Manuel Almunia, Lukas Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny.
This all changed when Petr Cech arrived at the Emirates Stadium from Premier League rivals Chelsea in the summer of 2015.
Cech brought an element of assurance and confidence to the Arsenal defence that it had not seen since the days of Lehmann.
Although he may lack the athleticism and sharp reactions of his younger days, his reading of the game and his commanding of the defence more than makes up for it.
Cech is a strong presence both in the dressing room and on the pitch and that is what the Arsenal defence need.
He is exactly the kind of character that Arsenal need in the big games and they will need him when they face north London rivals Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday.
In other Arsenal news, Olivier Giroud has made a bold statement on his future with the London club.