Arsenal first choice goal keeper, Petr Cech returns to first team action after missing out for about a month now. The 33-year old goal stopper returned to full training last week after recovering from the calf injury he picked up few minutes to the end of the disappointing game against Swansea on March 2nd.
In the game against Watford, last week, he could have played but Head Coach of the EPL team, Arsene Wenger decided not to risk it. David Ospina had been a capable replacement as he kept a clean sheet during the game; Arsenal went on to demolish Watford by four goals to nothing.
For this encounter at Upton Park against The Hammers, Wenger is eager to let Petr Cech play again.
Arsene Wenger has criticized for several years now regarding his limited options when injuries creep up on the team, especially as they are always involved in several tournaments. He signed David Ospina in 2014. The Colombian has been a decent relief for Petr Cech since. The 27 year-old goal keeper impressed during the World cup games in Brazil before eventually moving to the Emirates. He moved from Columbian club, Atletico Nacional after spending six years there, for an undisclosed fee.
Woljciech Szczesny was the top choice for Arsenal and even won a joint Premier league Golden Gloves award alongside Petr Cech, who was with his former club Chelsea FC. An increase in the number of professional fouls as a goal keeper aside other inconsistencies made Wenger push put the player on loan to Seria A outfit, Roma. Petr Cech has been a capable replacement since coming in from Chelsea. However, the first choice’s recent recurrent injuries are worrying. David Ospina has had decent showing anytime Cech has been injured. He was the top choice for much of last season for the Gunners. He helped the team to a second successive FA cup victory after a long time without titles.