Unai Emery has defended his decision to start Petr Cech ahead of Bernd Leno for Sunday’s defeat to Manchester City.
Petr Cech endured a very mixed performance against the champions, making a fine double-save to deny Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte before thwarting Sergio Aguero when one on one, but also failing to get close to Raheem Sterling’s opener and looking unconvincing when trying to play out from the back.
Bernd Leno had widely been expected to be Arsenal’s first-choice keeper this season but Emery was pleased with what he saw from Cech.
“We want competence with the goalkeeper and the other players in the squad. The pre-season offered the same chances for all the goalkeepers,” he told reporters.
“Petr Cech had a very good pre-season. Today I think he played well also and he has this experience to defend our goal.
“Leno is starting with us, working very well and also played well in pre-season. But he can wait and arrive in his moment.”