Arsenal legend backs summer signing to succeed despite disappointing first game

Arsenal legend Jens Lehmann believes that Petr Cech will go on to have a fantastic season despite his wobbly debut against West Ham United last weekend, Goal.com reports.

Cech was signed from Chelsea via a £11million deal during the summer and enjoyed a successful pre-season tour with the Gunners, however the goalkeeper was partly at fault for the two goals Arsenal lost to West Ham at the Emirates last Sunday.

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The Czech Republic captain committed himself to punch away a free-kick driven in by Dmitri Payet, but Cech was beaten by Cheikhou Kouyate to the ball who headed in the first goal.

And for the second, Cech was slow to react to Mauro Zarate’s shot in the 57th minute that beat him on the near post.

The Hammers went on to record a memorable victory, however despite his performance, Gunners cult hero Lehmann insists that the former Rennes shot-stopper will soon adapt to his new environment and enjoy the rest of the campaign.

“It surprised me because I expected him to be really good from the beginning,” Lehmann said.

“But sometimes it takes a while to adapt to a new club, particularly when you are coming from a major enemy like Chelsea. It takes time, if he can forget about it at all.

“On the other hand, Chelsea disappointed him because he couldn’t play there last season. He has seen the cruelty in football – you are a hero one year and the next year you are not even playing any more.

“That could spur him on to play a fantastic season for Arsenal.”

The 33-year-old was pushed down the Chelsea pecking order by Thibaut Courtois last season, which saw him only make seven league appearances for the English champions.