An Arsenal team that expected an easy week 1 win against West Ham was given a rude wake-up call in the form of a 2-0 loss. Despite controlling possession as well as maintaining passing accuracy the Gunners couldn’t find the back of the net.
Fans and critics were quick to roast newly acquired veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech for his uncommonly poor performance. Cech, who has played at the highest level for years, made the mistakes of a rookie in net during Sunday’s match. First he was caught completely out of position on a set-piece play, and then practically asleep when West Ham’s Zarate took an ambitious chance at goal from outside the box.
Although most of the blame has been heaved upon Cech, the fact that Arsenal couldn’t mount a successful attack against West Ham’s fledgling defense with Ozil, Cazorla, Giroud, or Ramsey should have the offense feeling the hot seat. Arsenal’s depth of talent will have to produce in Sunday’s upcoming match-up against Crystal Palace—a team coming off of its own 3-1 victory, or risk the same scathing criticism Cech endured this past weekend.
A victory on the 16th will help Arsenal to forget their debacle of a debut. A loss may mean the beginning of a serious slump for the gunners.