Published: Sun, August 19, 2018
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Carry on keeper - Emery clears Cech to continue

Carry on keeper - Emery clears Cech to continue

Unai Emery's appointment as the new Arsenal manager has sparked quite a lot of debates and discussions - some revelling in his three consecutive UEFA Europa League triumphs with Sevilla while many pointing out his underwhelming stint at Paris Saint-Germain.

The 36-year-old appeared to struggle with Emery's new approach of playing the ball out from defence in Sunday's season opener, nearly scoring an own goal in the 2-0 defeat as he looked uncomfortable in possession.

The official English Twitter account of German club Bayer Leverkusen, whose former goalkeeper Bernd Leno represents Arsenal starting this season, had a cheeky reply of their own to Cech's gaffe.

However, Emery insists he will keep faith with Cech on his return to Stamford Bridge, where he enjoyed 11 years as a Chelsea player, and vowed to stand by his principles.

"We had chances to do more score in the first half, I think we need to control the second half like we want, but I think we didn't play like the first half and our chances were less". Petr Cech can continue to start the match.

"Goalkeepers can play like a player, to start short with the centre back or the right or left back", he said.

But fans weren't too happy with the Czech legend's performance in training today.

"At Arsenal we share important values which make us a big club not only on the football side", he wrote.

Torreira is a more natural defensive midfielder than either, and should add some much-needed protection to the back four. You shouldn't change your mentality if you lose the first game. "I want to continue the process to build our team". We need to work hard, we need to work together and we need to suffer together when we lose.

More worrying for Emery will be the fact that at times on Saturday evening it looked as though most of Arsenal's players didn't look up for the fight: Hector Bellerin, Mesut Ozil, Granit Xhaka would surely all have happily still been on the beach.

"For Saturday, the decision is easy". No way. I don't want to forget what we have done last season.

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