Petr Cech not singled out by Arsene Wenger after Arsenal lose to West Ham

Gunners boss philosophises: 'It's never a clear motorway'

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Arsene Wenger refused to single out Petr Cech after the summer signing suffered a nightmare debut in goal for Arsenal.

The former Chelsea stopper was at fault for both goals as West Ham won 2-0 at the Emirates. He failed to deal with Dimitri Payet's free kick in the build-up to Cheikhou Kouyate's header before being beaten at his near post by Mauro Zarate's low strike.

"I haven't spoken to him (Cech) yet," Wenger told reporters. "I can't see many individual convincing performances today so it's difficult to single someone out.

"It 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.

"We have enough experience at the back. If you look at our back line, I think the youngest age is 30."

 

The Gunners were hoping to make a flying start and show that they are serious contenders to challenge for Chelsea crown.

Against Slaven Bilic's well-organised West Ham, however, Arsenal struggled to impose themselves and Wenger was frustrated with the way his team went about their business.

"I think our performance was not convincing," the Frenchman said. "I felt we were a bit nervous and we rushed our game a bit.

"We didn't always respect the basics. We wanted to be too quick going forward in first half.

"I don't think we were too confident, I would rather say too nervous maybe.

"On top of that, I feel we gave two very cheap goals away and they were at the wrong moments - just before and after half-time.

"We gave ourselves a mountain to climb."

Arsenal travel to Crystal Palace next Sunday before hosting Liverpool and Wenger has urged his side to bounce back quickly.

"It's difficult but it's part of our job," he said. "A successful season is how you respond to disappointments and it's never a clear motorway.

"We have to respond quickly. We have a tricky start."

Additional reporting by Reuters

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