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Remember when Petr Cech was signed to bring Arsenal 15 points a season?

The Gunners goalkeeper was at fault for both goals in the defeat to Bournemouth

Petr Cech will undeniably go down as one of the greatest – if not the greatest – goalkeeper in Premier League history.

The Czech great holds the top flight clean sheet record across his spells with Chelsea and Arsenal.

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Arsene Wenger celebrates the community shield victory with shot-stopper Petr Cech

Happier times

But all good things come to an end, and Cech’s decline in recent seasons cannot be ignored.

Back in January the Gunners goalkeeper was arguably at fault for both goals in the horrible 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth that leaves them even further adrift of their top four rivals.


It even appeared to reduce this grown up Arsenal fan to tears:

Worryingly it’s a reoccurring theme for Arsene Wenger this season with Cech now a shadow of his former self.

He also cost the Gunners all three points against Liverpool just before Christmas when he couldn’t keep out Roberto Firmino’s shot.

Not to mention his horror show against Leicester on the opening day of the season when not one, when two of the visitors’ goals left him red faced.

Cech has had a horrible fall from grace

Cech has had a horrible fall from grace

And Cech was at his vulnerable worst again as Arsenal’s week from hell got even more miserable at Brighton.

The Czech international flapped at the Seagulls’ first goal allowing Lewis Dunk to score, all before a weak attempt to deny Glenn Murray for their second.

Cech’s decline has been horrible to watch

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Cech’s decline has been horrible to watch

It’s worth remembering that Cech’s contentious move to Arsenal in 2015, after falling down the pecking order at Chelsea, was seen by many as one the best signings in recent years.

John Terry even claimed his former team-mate could be worth ’12 to 15 points’ for Arsenal.

Those comments now seem a long, long time ago.


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