I missed the Arsenal vs Eveton game due to an official assignment but I resorted into watching a 13-mins extended highlight of the game, So I hope you’d enjoy today’s article.
“How long will it take this team to get a clean sheet?”, those were the words on the lips of rival fans but we all knew it will come soon and after seven consecutive matches under Unai Emery, Arsenal finally kept a clean sheet.
Alexander Lacazette’s wonder strike – a beautiful curler into the top right corner and a fortunate Aubameyang goal both in under three minutes ensured we picked up all available three points against Everton at the Emirates as the game ended 2-0.
Yes, the 2 – 0 scoreline meant we kept a clean sheet for the first time this season. This feat is all made possible by Petr Cech – this is not to undermine the effort of the defence line – who made himself big on several occasions to deny the Toffees.
Despite the clean sheet, Arsenal’s performance without possession was far from impressive.
Unai Emery has attempted to implement a pressing game, encouraging Arsenal’s attackers to hunt in packs and regain the ball quickly, but throughout the first half this plan failed, with Everton working the ball through the press and breaking into space.
The problems without possession were completed by the shakiness of Arsenal’s centre-back partnership. Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos still looked nervous when defending high up the pitch, especially here against an Everton side boasting plenty of speed.
Among all this, Petr Cech stood firm. In the second minute he faced a one-on-one against the speedy Dominic Calvert-Lewin and made a fine sliding intervention as the striker attempted to round him.
Later he also got the better of Theo Walcott, who had raced onto Sigurdsson’s neat through-ball but found Cech racing off his line to deny him. He made more routine saves from Digne’s free kick and Richarlison’s near-post blast before half-time. He also got down quickly to smartly turn Keane’s header from Sigurdsson’s free kick around the post.
Cech has been under pressure this season, both from newcomer Bernd Leno and all the new playing pattern as he looks uncomfortable playing out from the back, a key part of Emery’s philosophy. His shot- sopping here, however, was exemplary and legendary.
When asked, Emery said of Cech’s performance: “We are happy with the goalkeepers and how they are working for us. Petr has big experience, big quality. He started the season very well. Today he showed us he is playing very well and is continuing with his work and spirit every day. Also for the other keepers it’s the same, they need to continue working for when the team needs them”.
Just enough time to tell you that Petr Cech is the first goalkeeper in PL history to save 1,000 shot in the league In a way, it feels like Bernd Leno may have to bid his time before displacing Cech as Arsenal’s No.1 goalie.
Back on Wednesday, as the team face Brentford in the Carabao Cup. Eddie Nketiah just have to feature in this game, else I’d riot. Lol
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