Well, it’s fair to say Arsenal didn’t get off to the start they wanted.
In a manic Premier League clash with Liverpool, the north Londoners were on the wrong end of a 4-3 scoreline. Despite their desperate attempts at a comeback, the Gunners were simply salvaging what pride they had left.
However, for one player their Sunday evening has tumbled even further downhill. In more ways than one, Petr Cech has had an afternoon to forget.
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Arsenal don’t seem to fare too well when it comes to Premier League curtain raisers and 2016-17 hasn’t been a season to buck the trend.
Nonetheless, a sweet finish from Theo Walcott seemed to have rewarded the Gunners for a dominant start. A mercurial free-kick via Philippe Coutinho drew Liverpool level however and the home side were quick to unravel.
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Adam Lallana then ensured Jurgen Klopp’s men took the lead before Coutinho bagged his second and Sadio Mane sent Liverpool into dreamland.
Arsenal did recover, to some extent, with goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Callum Chambers ensuring the scoreline wasn’t too embarrassing. The Emirates descended into choruses of jeers nonetheless though.
It appears though, that conceding four goals may not have been the low point of Cech’s night. In a baffling car park incident, the 34-year-old was involved in a collision with a structural pillar.
The aftermath of the impact can be seen below:
Quite how the ex-Chelsea shot stopper caused such damage with a stationary structure is up for debate, but Cech certainly looks set for a long night.
From his perspective at least, the opening weekend of the Premier League has gone from bad to worse.
Whether it be watching Coutinho’s free kick fly past his reach or his bonnet hitting a column, Cech’s day has gone from bad to worse.
With a trip to the King Power stadium next on the list, Arsenal will be hoping the only way is up. As for Cech, he’ll be relieved the journey up north will be in the team coach as opposed to at the mercy of his own haphazard handling.
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