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Baffling Reason Why Petr Cech Is Still Arsenal's Number One

Baffling Reason Why Petr Cech Is Still Arsenal's Number One

The worry for Arsenal fans is that after 22 years of Arsene Wenger it's going to be the same old nonsense with just a new manager in charge. And that feeling might start intensify because of their goalkeeper situation.

Arsenal's loss to Manchester City on the opening day of the season was far from a disaster. Better teams have lost to the Premier League champions by bigger scores and it was only the first day of the season.

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The problem is of course that some will start to think that nothing has really changed at the Emirates other than the man in charge of picking the team, especially if the get beat by Chelsea today.

For years at Arsenal things went wrong for Arsene Wenger. At one point one of the main ones was their goalkeeper situation so they bought Petr Cech from Chelsea but he has never recaptured the form he had for the Blues.

This summer the Gunners looked to be moving Cech on when they spent £20 million on Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno but he didn't start against City and he's set to miss out against Chelsea too.

The reason is pretty baffling. According to Goal Leno is staying as number two because Unai Emery isn't convinced that he's ready to start a Premier League game yet.

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Leno might have to get used to being on the bench. Image: PA Images
Leno might have to get used to being on the bench. Image: PA Images

Surely Sven Mislintat wouldn't have paid money for a goalkeeper that has played 233 Bundesliga games for one of the biggest sides in Germany only for him to not be ready for the Premier League and just sit on the bench?

What makes it an even sillier looking decision is the fact that Cech seemed to struggle with Emery's tactics of passing out of the back and nearly scored a calamitous own goal when his pass just went the right side of the post.

Cech didn't have a good time against City. Image: PA Images
Cech didn't have a good time against City. Image: PA Images

On the opposite end of the scale for Emery's side was midfielder Mattéo Guendouzi. The 19 year old French midfielder, who was bought in the summer, started last week despite having only played eight games in Ligue 1.

Will Emery regret starting Cech on Saturday or will he up his game against his former club?

Topics: Petr Cech, Football News, Chelsea, Unai Emery, Premier League, Arsenal

Ryan Sidle

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