After being at fault for conceding a soft goal against West Ham on the opening day of the season, doubts were raised whether the £10m paid for Petr Cech was money well spent.
However, he more than made amends for his poor home debut in a thrilling Monday night game at the Emirates against Liverpool.
Arsenal defensively struggled against strong attacking performances by both Christian Benteke and Philippe Coutinho. Cech saved the defence’s blushes by making several world-class saves which kept the score level and earned them an undeserved but important point. Arsenal was unlucky for an Aaron Ramsey’s shot early on to be ruled offside.
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Happy to get a point
Of the two teams, despite a goal which should have been given being disallowed, Arsenal will think this is a point gained rather than two dropped.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers was complimentary about Arsenal’s goalkeeper saying “First half, Petr Cech was man of the match.”
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger tried to find positives from a poor performance by saying “It is not the result or the complete performance, but we came back in the second half.”
Can they challenge Man City?
After three games Arsenal move to four points and Liverpool remain undefeated on seven points and are yet to concede a goal in the league.
Neither has showed enough form to threaten Manchester City’s ascendency so far but Liverpool could earn themselves an all-important top four slot at the end of the season which must be there aim.
Arsenal travel to Newcastle, while Liverpool host West Ham this weekend.
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