Saving penalties is not Petr Cech’s strongest suit. Since joining the Gunners, he’s been unable to keep out any spot-kick, and Sunday saw him fail from 12 yards once more.
There was nothing he could have done to stop Sergio Aguero’s effort on Sunday, as his penalty went in off the post. Still, there’s a feeling now that Cech is never going to save a penalty in an Arsenal shirt.
It’s hard to explain why he’s so bad at saving them. On the one hand, he has to face a lot more penalties than he’s used to. Arsenal have conceded more goals from penalties than any other Premier League side since the start of last season. He’s bound to let in a few along the way.
On the other hand, he just never gets close to saving one. Either he goes the wrong way or can’t get down quick enough. The last time Cech saved a penalty for anyone was against Maribor in 2014.
The last time he saved a penalty in the Premier League was in 2011, when he stopped Fulham’s Clint Dempsey from scoring.
It could be that Cech was never that good at saving penalties to begin with, despite an otherwise excellent career between the sticks.