Wenger: I have not spoken to him
Arsene Wenger claims that he is yet to discuss Sunday’s disappointing display with new goalkeeper Petr Cech.
The 33-year-old played his first Premier League game in Arsenal colours but it was a day to forget as his side were humbled at home in a 2-0 defeat.
West Ham’s opening goal, a header from Kouyate, was conceded after Cech failed to deal with a set-piece despite racing off his line in an attempt to punch the ball away.
The former Chelsea hero was also partly culpable for the visitor’s second goal as he was beaten with ease at his near post by a shot from Zarate.
However, Wenger insists that he will not be picking out the Czech international for a discussion over his forgettable league debut for the Gunners.
“I haven’t spoken to him [Petr Cech] yet. I can’t see many individual convincing performances today so it’s difficult to single someone out,” Wenger said
“Not only him. We have enough experience at the back. If you look at our back line, I think the youngest age is 30.
“It [the first goal’s error] was a collective one. I think there are many things to say about that. I knew that if the delivery was good, we would be in trouble before the free-kick was taken.”
Despite refusing to direct any blame at his only signing of the summer so far, Wenger admitted that Arsenal’s performance in the first half helped lose all the three points.
“A big part of it was not to concede, even if we played for a 0-0. The way we conceded the goal just before half-time, with experience we have in our team, is difficult to understand.” he added.
Below was the response from Petr Cech on his Twitter account after the opening day loss to Slaven Bilic’s men.