Jamie Carragher says Arsenal can't afford to lose at Palace, but backs Cech to succeed

Jamie Carragher

Arsenal lost their opening game of the season to West Ham and will look to bounce back against Crystal Palace, while Jamie Carragher still thinks Petr Cech will come good despite a disappointing opening day.

Former Liverpool defender and current Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has said that Arsenal cannot afford to lose this weekend's game against Crystal Palace following their opening day defeat to West Ham United. 

He said that another defeat would pile the pressure on the side as they can not afford to lose that many games over the course of the season if they wish to be serious contenders for the Premier League title, but he has backed their goalkeeper Petr Cech to still prove to be a good signing for them after he received criticism for his role in their 2-0 defeat to the Hammers.

Carragher told Sky Sports: "Listen, if you make a mistake, you get criticism, he will know that. I think he will be a top-class signing for Arsenal, and we can assess that in a few months, the end of the season, or when his time is up in maybe three of four years' time.

"He had a bad day, made mistakes - he made mistakes at Chelsea sometimes, as all goalkeepers do - but I think that over the course of time, he will prove to be a very good signing for Arsenal."

Of course, one bad game from one player does not make them a bad player, and Cech will have plenty of opportunities to rectify any errors he made throughout the course of the season.

After their opening day disappointment a lot of the pre-season optimism where many people had tipped the Gunners for the title had died down a bit, but they wouldn't be the first side to lose their opening game and go on to lift the crown should they finish ahead of the rest. 

Arsenal will be under a lot of scrutiny this weekend as they look to bounce back from their disappointing display on the opening day of the season. Crystal Palace will be tipped as one of the sides who can trouble some of those at the top end of the league this season, as Alan Pardew has masterminded victories over the bigger sides before, and Selhurst Park has become a place where the top sides can come unstuck over the past two seasons. 

Carragher added: "It is not the end of the world, Arsenal losing their first game, but they would not want to lose two out of two, and certainly not against teams we would not call giants of the Premier League in West Ham and Palace.

"So it would be a really poor start for them if they did and I am sure they will be desperate to get three points on the board."

It will be the sign of the type of side Arsenal are if they manage to bounce back from a defeat to a side they were heavy favourites to beat against another side who are tipped to take a few scalps this season. It's a difficult looking away game for Arsene Wenger's side, but it would show a degree of character if they can fight back pretty convincingly.

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