Petr Cech to start against Chelsea

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Arsenal’s manager, Unai Emery has confirmed that Petr Cech would start against his former club this weekend.

Arsenal signed Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen over the summer but it was Cech who got the start against Manchester City last weekend, and that looks set to continue this time round.

“I am very happy with his performance,” Emery said

“I think he has experience, quality, capacity like a first goalkeeper with us – and also Bernd Leno.

“They are two important goalkeepers for us. Different qualities but for us, like we want to play, the two goalkeepers can play.

“Saturday the decision is easy, Petr Cech will continue to start the match, I believe in him. If he starts bad, I believe in him also.”

While Arsenal’s new high-pressing approach failed to produce a result against the reigning Premier League champions, Emery will continue with his philosophy when his side head to Stamford Bridge.

“We are going to play away but we need to keep our personality, keep our mentality,” he said.

“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.

“We want a good preparation before and a good response on the pitch to that preparation.”

Nacho Monreal’s return to fitness has come at a good time for Emery, who is in need of a left-back having been without the Spain international and Sead Kolasinac for the City game. Ainsley Maitland-Niles filled in but suffered a small fracture to his leg early on and now faces up to two months out. Summer recruit Stephan Lichtsteiner – more adept at playing on the right – replaced Maitland-Niles and is now competing with Monreal for the berth against Chelsea.

“The first injury with Kolasinac was important because I think he was playing well in pre-season. But we needed to play with another player like Ainsley,” added Emery.

“After this injury, I tried with Lichtsteiner, who is a player with experience. He can play at left-back but his position in the team is more at right-back. This week Nacho Monreal is working every day, training every day with us. The two options we have now are Nacho Monreal and Lichtsteiner to continue in this position.”

Danny Welbeck has also returned to full training and could be involved in west London.


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