Just in case you weren’t already frustrated enough with Petr Cech’s performance against Liverpool, we look at how Wojciech Szczesny is getting on at Juventus.
On Saturday evening, Wojciech Szczesny and Roma’s Allison go head to head. It will be the first the two shot-stoppers have met since Woj signed for Juventus in the summer. Their rivalry while both at Roma was apparently well-known but this time they’re also on opposing teams.
Gigi Buffon is still the Old Lady’s #1 until the 39-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season but Woj took over when his teammate picked up a muscular problem. And it seems that he didn’t do a bad job since Italian outlet Gazzetta are impressed with what they’ve seen.
Although the 27-year-old has only featured seven times in Serie A compared to Allison, who’s made 16 appearances, the Poland international has kept four clean sheets – 57% – compared to Allison, who’s kept nine clean sheets (56%).
Juve’s defence is more solid, meaning that Woj theoretically has less to do. However, as Gazzetta points out, Allison has been given more chances to ‘show off’ and boost his stats.
Therefore, it really does seem as if the goalkeeper Arsenal sold to Juventus for just £10m could be swiftly developing into one of the best shot-stoppers in Europe. And Gazetta know it.
Meanwhile, Cech has kept nine clean sheets in 19 Premier League appearances this season. Just 47%.
The 35-year-old dropped another clanger on Friday night after failing to save Roberto Firmino’s shot. Instead, he palmed it into Arsenal’s net, allowing Liverpool to draw level. His mistake cost the Gunners two points and a huge win.