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.
Did you know that David Ospina's penalty save last night was the first spot-kick stop from an Arsenal goalkeeper since Łukasz Fabiański vs. Bayern Munich in March 2014?- ArsenalFanTV (@ArsenalFanTV) February 16, 2018
:pencil: @afcstuff pic.twitter.com/A2sLeUXuW3
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OSPINA SAVES - AN ARSENAL KEEPER HAS SAVED A PENALTY- Charles Watts (@charles_watts) February 15, 2018
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.
Čech's recent penalty record is something else...- 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) January 3, 2018
Faced - 15
Saved - 0
Dived the wrong way - 12
What a stat :see_no_evil::joy: pic.twitter.com/lIXgsYbCMe
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.
Petr Cech's last penalty save in the PL is closer to the launch of Gmail in 2004 than it is to now.- Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) January 3, 2018
Remember the Jensen tshirts when he scored. When Cech saves a penalty they may do one for him.- Darren (@DarrenArsenal1) January 3, 2018