Petr Cech says he’s not expecting to play in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City even though he’s Arsene Wenger’s first choice keeper.
The 35-year-old is likely to watch Sunday’s match from the Wembley stands with David Ospina expected to start and Matt Macey likely to provide cover on the bench.
Given he’s not played a single minute of the competition so far, Cech – who is first choice for Premier League games – maintains he’s fine with missing a second cup final in two seasons.
“At the start it was clear that it was going to be like that,” he told Sky Sports.
“I will be there with the team supporting but I don’t expect to play. It is always hard to watch any game from the bench or even from the stand if you are not selected.
“As a player, you always want to be involved. But obviously you are in a professional club where there are 25 top players and the manager always makes his choices for the game and you need to accept that.”
Ospina obviously earned himself some goodwill from the terraces after saving a penalty against Ostersund last week – the first time we’ve done that since the Herbert Chapman era. Hopefully, the Colombian will come through the return leg on Thursday with his confidence intact.