Will Petr Cech ever save another penalty again?
That’s the question Arsenal fans are asking themselves, having never seen the veteran goalkeeper save a spot-kick since he arrived at the Emirates Stadium from Chelsea two-and-a-half years ago.
Cech faced his 15th penalty as an Arsenal player against Chelsea on Wednesday evening but was unable to prevent Eden Hazard’s effort from hitting the back of the net.
The 35-year-old has demonstrated throughout his illustrious career that he *is* capable of saving penalties.
His most famous stop was against Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben in the 2012 Champions League final. Without that save, it’s safe to assume that Chelsea wouldn’t have lifted the European Cup that night.
Football fans reckon they know what Cech is doing wrong
So, why hasn’t he managed to save a single penalty since signing for Arsenal? What, exactly, is he doing wrong?
Well, football fans on Twitter have an interesting theory.
They reckon - and they’ve been saying this for some time - that Cech dives too early.
The suggestion is that penalty kick takers are aware of this, often go down the middle, and it seems to work every time.
Check out these tweets…
Cech committed himself too early for Hazard’s penalty as you can see here…
By the time the Belgian connected with the ball, Cech - all 6ft 5in of him - was already on his way down to his left-hand side.
Will Cech hold his ground on the next penalty he faces?
While it’s true that goalkeepers have an obvious disadvantage when it comes to penalties, Cech’s dismal record of 15 spot-kicks faced and zero saved has understandably left Arsenal’s fans baffled.
Next time he faces a penalty, perhaps he will stand in the middle and hope for the best.
He’s got nothing to lose.