Cech puts in Man of the Match performance, but it wasn't enough

Cech puts in Man of the Match performance, but it wasn't enough

So yesterday was interesting, wasn’t it? Another one of the many bad days at the office for Arsenal must’ve had most Gooners thanking themselves that they have a Bank Holiday Monday to recover. I’m not yet sure whether this is a good or bad thing but in my eyes, there was one clear runner for Arsenal’s man of the match yesterday and that player is Petr Cech.
In the last ever North London Derby at White Hart Lane, it would’ve been nicer if the 10 outfield players could have given me a dilemma about who to choose but that’s football I guess.
In a game which saw Tottenham in control for most of the time, Cech made over double the saves of Hugo Lloris, with nine. But maybe Arsenal fans should’ve seen this number of saves coming after Harry Kane tested the 34-year-old with not even a minute gone on the clock.
Amongst all the chaos it wasn’t just the quantity of saves that Cech was making that was catching my eye but the quality too. At times he looked back to his old self even if he hasn’t been the same Petr Cech from Chelsea of late. From the very instinctive reaction to palm away Toby Alderweireld’s header in the second half, to the Czech veteran tipping a curling effort round the post from an outside of the box effort by Jan Vertonghen, Cech hardly put a foot, or hand, wrong.
You could also argue that he wasn’t really at fault for the goals either to an extent. Firstly, with Harry Kane’s penalty being arrowed into the side netting it’s very hard to think of a goalkeeper who could get down and reach that.
As for Dele Alli’s goal, I personally don’t believe Dele should’ve been able to slip past in the build-up in the first place but anyway, some could say that he should have dealt with the Eriksen shot a bit better but I think he did well to get something on that, and afterwards Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should do better when trying to clear the ball off the line.
With every game now becoming a must win I’m hoping that the same time next week, when the team are back at The Emirates to face Manchester United, there will be more outfield players to choose from for man of the match.

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