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Arsenal's Near-Four Year Spell Without Saving A Penalty Comes To An End

Arsenal's Near-Four Year Spell Without Saving A Penalty Comes To An End

Arsenal's penalty hoodoo came to an end in Sweden against Ostersund in the Europa League round of 32 last night.

The Gunners ran out 3-0 winners away from home, with David Ospina putting in a brilliant shift in between the sticks and keeping a clean sheet thanks to a penalty save in stoppage time.

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The Colombian international guessed right to deny Tom Pettersson from the spot, ending a quite wretched record for the Gunners.

That's because you have to go as far back as March 2014 if you want to find the last time an Arsenal goalkeeper saved a penalty, the most recent being when Lukasz Fabianski, now playing for Swansea, kept out Thomas Muller's effort at the Allianz Arena.

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Arsenal's first-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech, signed from Chelsea in 2015, has failed to save any of the 15 penalties he has faced during his time at the club - diving the wrong way on 12 occasions.

His former teammate Eden Hazard is the latest player to score a spot-kick past him, the Belgian finding the net in the thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates last month.

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Topics: Goalkeepers, Petr Cech, Football News, Penalties, Football, Europa League, Arsenal FC, Arsenal, Penalty

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