After letting in Eden Hazard’s effort on Wednesday, Petr Cech has still yet to save a penalty for Arsenal.
Cech has now faced four penalties this season but has failed to save a single one. He isn’t alone in that respect. Of the 21 keepers to face penalties in the Premier League this season, nine have failed to keep one out.
Only Everton’s Jordan Pickford has saved more than one. Since joining Arsenal, Cech has faced 15 penalties. As you might have guessed, he hasn’t saved a single one of them.
Whether he’s just unlucky, or continually guessing the wrong way is up for debate. However, penalty saving isn’t necessarily correlated with goalkeeping ability. The list of all-time penalty savers in the Premier League features several who didn’t perform at the highest level.
The likes of Heurelho Gomes and Simon Mignolet top the list, yet are two of the most notoriously unreliable keepers in the league. Cech himself is 14th, having saved six penalties during his time at Chelsea.
That total puts him level with Manuel Almunia, who I think we can safely say was never quite on Cech’s level. Keepers will always concede more penalties than they’ll save. The odds are always in favour of the taker.
Arsenal would be better off not conceding penalties, rather than worrying about Cech’s inability to save one.