5 most hilarious individual mistakes in the Premier League this season
While it’s often unfair to single out one player as being responsible for a team’s loss – there are after all eleven players in a team and fourteen usually involved if you count substitutes – it’s still easy to do so if a serious individual mistake costs a team some valuable points.
The Premier League has seen some classic – and costly – individual errors over the years – remember Steven Gerrard’s legendary slip against Chelsea in 2013/14? – and this season has been no different. Here are 5 of the most hilarious individual mistakes of the Premier League in 2017/18...thus far.
#1 Petr Cech vs. Swansea City
Petr Cech has been one of the Premier League’s most reliable goalkeepers over the past decade or so, and although most would agree he’s a little past his prime these days, he’s still a formidable figure in Arsenal’s goal – just look at his performance last weekend against Tottenham for evidence of that, as Spurs could’ve had four or five goals had it not been for the Czech keeper.
Unfortunately though, as his reflexes have slowly begun to dwindle, he’s become more prone to making errors. And this season none were more glaring than his mistake against relegation-threatened Swansea, who managed to pull off a shocking 3-1 victory over the Gunners in late January.
Arsenal had taken the lead in the 33rd minute but found themselves pegged back just one minute later, and the teams remained tied going into the second half. Arsenal bossed the early going, but couldn’t find a goal.
Cue Cech. He sliced a simple back pass from Shkodran Mustafi directly into the path of Jordan Ayew, who probably couldn’t believe his luck as he scored one of the easiest goals of his career.
Arsenal pushed for an equaliser but left themselves open and a third Swansea goal in the 86th minute made the result academic. Cech’s error was massively costly and left Arsenal trailing badly in the race for the Champions League qualifying places.