Another season has come to an end, and the majority of Arsenal fans are pretty happy about that fact, given the way this one unfolded.
Petr Cech 4
For me, this was undoubtedly Cech’s worst season in an Arsenal shirt, and maybe his worst in his time in the Premier League. He still had a number of good games, but not enough to make up for all his mistakes.
The first half of the year wasn’t completely terrible, and he’d racked up 10 clean sheets by mid-December. He then got just two more from then until the end of the season, in all competitions.
Cech led the team in errors directly leading to goals, and in fact he led the league for most of the season in that category. He didn’t even make two saves for every goal he conceded.
In his defence, his distribution was generally very good, finding an Arsenal player 72% of the time. He helped us avoid humiliation in the North London derbies, and saved a Troy Deeney penalty. The rest was very forgettable.
David Ospina 5
Ospina’s game was littered with mistakes, as usual, but he did almost match Cech’s number of clean sheets from significantly fewer matches. Arguably that was only because he played against lower level opposition, where Arsenal weren’t put under as much pressure.
There were a few memorable moments though. The clean sheet at the San Siro, the first penalty save for Arsenal in years against Ostersund, and helping Arsene Wenger get a win in his final game in charge against Huddersfield.
It just wasn’t enough to make me completely forget the way he dived out of the way of Diego Costa’s shot in Madrid, or conceded four times to Nottingham Forest, or went down injured every 20 minutes in every game for an entire season.
Matt Macey 6
Matt Macey only got a couple of chances this season, but he made the most of them. The 23-year-old kept a clean sheet in his only Europa League game, and only conceded one goal to a one-on-one in the League Cup. For the u23s, he kept three clean sheets in six games.
Hopefully he’ll get more chances next season, or a loan somewhere else.
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