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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

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Happier times

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

On Sunday 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.

Firstly, Cech hesitated and failed to cut out Ryan Fraser’s cross to allow Callum Wilson to get ahead of him and poke home the equaliser.

Cech was slow off his line

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Cech was slow off his line

And then just minutes later he let Jordon Ibe’s considerably tame effort squirm through his body and creep over the line.

Ibe’s shot went through Cech

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Ibe’s shot went through Cech

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

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Cech has had a horrible fall from grace

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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