ARSENAL keeper Petr Cech’s form has diminished since joining the Gunners because he’s always played behind a dodgy defence.
That’s according to Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas.
The Czech legend arrived at the Emirates from Chelsea three seasons ago with a big reputation having won four Premier League titles and a Champions League with the Blues.
But Cech has struggled at times and his form has suffered this season under new boss Unai Emery.
There have been suggestions the 36-year-old is no longer a top-level keeper, supported by Emery’s decision to splash out £19.3m on German stopper Bernd Leno during the summer.
“He’s had to play with a suspect defence.”
Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas
However, Nicholas has defended Cech, suggesting he’s been at a disadvantage since joining Arsenal due to their poor defence.
“Ever since Petr Cech walked into Arsenal he’s had to play with a suspect defence,” he told The Debate.
“Even when [Laurent] Koscielny was the so-called leader, they’ve never been right at the back.
“Leno is probably better with the ball at his feet than Petr Cech is.
“But when you see a man of his stature being nervous playing in goal for Arsenal, you can tell there are problems, issues there.
“He’s not managing to teach them anything.
“He’s not managing to calm them down at all and it makes him nervous because he takes responsibility.”
Arsenal return to Premier League action this evening as they welcome Liverpool to the Emirates.