Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech says he will continue to use the same approach when facing penalty kicks despite not saving any of the nine penalties he has faced in a Gunners shirt.
Speaking to the Arsenal Weekly podcast, the 34 year old says he always assesses the penalty taker’s body language before making the decision on which way to dive:
“There are probably goalkeepers who just decide prior to the kick, I go right. I don’t know, because everybody can have a slightly different approach to it.”
“But my approach has been working, until this season, quite well. But unfortunately the players keep their calm and manage to score against me this season. So hopefully there will be a moment when it reverses.”
Cech has saved 16 penalties in his career including vital penalties for Chelsea in the 2012 Champions League final against Bayern Munich. He saved an Arjen Robben penalty during extra time, and another during the penalty shootout from Ivica Olic, helping the Blues to lift the European trophy.
Speculation about Cech’s future at the Emirates led to his agent Viktor Kolar publicly stating last month that the Czech international will remain with the Gunners at least until the end of his contract. He will be 36 at the end of his current deal in 2019.