Arsenal boss Unai Emery makes No.1 call for Chelsea date

Date published: Thursday 16th August 2018 2:49 - Matthew Briggs

Arsenal boss Unai Emery says he will start with Petr Cech in goal against Chelsea this weekend.

Cech started as the club’s number one in the defeat to Manchester City last week and Emery has given the former Chelsea man his support and said he will start ahead of Bernd Leno at Stamford Bridge on Saturday night.

Cech made several excellent saves to stop Man City from running away with the game, but he also struggled to initiate attacks from the back and he almost embarrassingly put through his own goal after he misjudged a ball from a back pass.

“For Saturday, the decision for me is easy. Petr Cech can continue to start the match, I believe in him. [But] if Bernd starts, I believe in him also,” Emery said on Thursday.

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“I am very happy with his (Cech’s) performance. He has experience, he has quality, he has the capacity. Also, with Bernd Leno. They are two goalkeepers who are important for us. They have different qualities but for us in the way we want to play, they can both play.”



Emery also made it clear that he will not change his philosophy after the opening-day 2-0 defeat and despite playing away against the 2016/17 champions, Arsenal will approach the game in the same manner.

“We have one plan, we have one process. We are going to play away but we need to keep our personality, keep our mentality, because I think on Sunday against Manchester City, the team kept their ideas, kept their spirit in the game for the full 90 minutes, even when we were losing, and didn’t let their heads go down.

“That was a good thing, despite us losing 2-0. I want us to continue with this work and to be competitive for 90 minutes, but with a better performance than on Sunday, both individually and collectively.

“I want us to show more personality in each match to improve, so the performances arrive quickly. Saturday is a very good option to show our personality, our capacity against a big team like Chelsea, and away from home.”


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