Petr Cech’s might face some backlash from the Gunners for his shaky display under the bar during their 2-0 curtain-raiser defeat game against defending Champions Manchester City last week but manager Unai Emery is ready to keep the faith with the veteran ahead of their clash against Chelsea.
During the City game, Cech did not look comfortable with the ball at his feet against a pressing team and with Chelsea also intending to play a pressing game following the appointment of Maurizio Sarri, fans are now feeling the worst for the London derby.
Arsenal signed Leno from Leverkusen this Summer in a £22m deal and the German who is rated as a sound ball-playing goalkeeper is expected by the fans to be the club’s number one against Chelsea next week but Emery now has firmly suggested that he will keep faith on Cech against Chelsea, with hinting that Leno is still not ready to be the first choice.
“I’m very happy with his (Cech) performance,” Emery told during a media conference.
“He has experience, he has quality, he has the capacity.
“For Saturday, the decision is easy. Petr can continue to start, I believe in him. But if Bernd starts, I believe in him also… they are two goalkeepers who are important for us.”
Emery also pointed out that despite their incompetence to find the rhythm in the first game, they will continue to work on his playing style and he wants his players to keep faith with the new philosophy, even if results do not initially go for them.
“We didn’t lose because of our personality, our idea, our style,” he said. “We didn’t lose for that. We lost on other things. We can improve on other things, learn for the next match.”
Arsenal will travel to Stamford Bridge without Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who is out until October after suffering a leg fracture against City while Regular left-back Sead Kolasinac is also out for a similar period with a knee injury. New addition Stephan Lichtsteiner or Nacho Monreal is expected to fill in their void as the North London side will hope to turn around their winless run at Bridge since 2011.