'Nowhere near the level' - Cascarino delivers damning verdict on Arsenal first-teamer
By Aramide Oladipo
Tony Cascarino has heaped heavy criticism on Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech following his performance against Leicester City on the opening day of the Premier League season.
The 35-year-old goalkeeper was hesitant in dominating his penalty area for Leicester’s first and third goals as Arsenal flattered to deceive as a defensive unit at the Emirates Stadium this past Friday night.
Despite trailing for the majority of the encounter, the Gunners managed to turn the game around and come away with a 4-3 victory.
This is the third consecutive season where Cech has conceded two or more goals in the opening day of the Premier League for the North London club.
Writing in his column for the Times, former player Cascarino believes that Cech can no longer deliver in the Premier League and feels that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger might to sign a goalkeeper in the near-future.
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“I’m not sure that Petr Cech will be No 1 at Arsenal come the end of season,”
“The 35-year-old is nowhere near the level he was and rather than using his experience to compensate for fading ability he looks increasingly shaky in goal.
“If this becomes a problem Arsène Wenger may have to look at buying a goalkeeper in January.”
The Czech Republic international has been the number one choice at the Emirates Stadium since making a permanent move from local rivals Chelsea two years ago.
Cech has made over 80 appearances for the Gunners during his period and he was part of the squad which lifted the FA Cup trophy last season.
The goalkeeper is set to feature in goal next weekend as Arsenal travel to the Bet365 Stadium to face Stoke City.
In other Arsenal transfer news, a report has detailed West Ham’s stance on this Gunners 25-year-old.