A damning statistic regarding the form of Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech to this point in the campaign has come to the fore this evening, after the Gunners fell to an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Swansea City.
The two sides went head to head at the Liberty Stadium, with Arsene Wenger’s visitors coming into proceedings on the back of a pair of morale-boosting victories over Crystal Palace and Chelsea, the latter of which saw the Gunners earn a spot in the final of the Carabao Cup.
(Before tonight) Arsenal sat 3 points adrift of fierce rivals Tottenham (5th) in the Premier League table, and 5 points off Liverpool, who currently hold the final Champions League qualification spot.
Swansea, meanwhile, had earned 2 wins and 2 draws from their last 4 fixtures across all competitions, including an incredible 1-0 victory over Liverpool in their last league outing.
The Swans came into tonight’s action bottom of the Premier League table, though an impressive recent run of form had seen Carlos Carvalhal’s men move to within 3 points of 15th-placed Newcastle.
A huge blow for Arsenal ahead of kick-off came with the news that Jack Wilshere was set to miss out altogether, having come down with a bout of illness.
Olivier Giroud, meanwhile, was surprisingly included, albeit on the bench, despite reports spreading earlier today that the Frenchman had already departed the Arsenal camp to complete his imminent transfer to Chelsea.
New signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan was also amongst the substitutes:
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 30, 2018
Swansea lined up as follows:
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) January 30, 2018
Following an entertaining opening half-hour at the Liberty, Arsenal took the lead through defender Nacho Monreal, who arrived at the back post to slide home a typically perfect delivery from Mesut Ozil.
However, incredibly, the Gunners’ lead lasted just one minute, as Ozil gave the ball away cheaply inside his own half, before Granit Xhaka inexplicably allowed Sam Clucas to dart in front of him for a perfect finish at Petr Cech’s near post.
And the mistakes did not end there for the visitors, as hosts Swansea took the lead just past the hour mark when an absolute howler of an attempted clearance from Petr Cech gifted Jordan Ayew with the easiest goal that he will score all season.
As has been highlighted by droves of Arsenal fans already this season, Cech continued to look some way short of the world-class presence that he once was tonight, with a shocking statistic coming to the fore online after yet another of his mistakes led to the North Londoners conceding:
Petr Cech: Has now committed four errors that have directly led to an opposition goal in the Premier League this season, more than any other player #SWAARS
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) January 30, 2018
Swansea went on to notch a 3rd in the 86th-minute, completing a thoroughly miserable night in Wales for Arsene Wenger’s Gunners.