Unai Emery has confirmed that Petr Cech will be in goal for Saturday’s trip to Stamford Bridge.
Despite being baited by Bernd Leno’s former club Bayer Leverkusen after one dodgy pass, there was no suggestion that the veteran would be dropped after Sunday’s defeat to Manchester City but that didn’t stop the press asking him about it in today’s press conference.
“For Saturday, the decision for me is easy,” said Emery. “Petr Cech can continue to start the match, I believe in him.
“If [in the future] Bernd starts, I believe in him also. I am very happy with his [Cech’s] performance. He has experience, he has quality, he has the capacity.”
As Adrian Clarke pointed out in The Breakdown on the official site, the 35-year-old was actually pretty good at the weekend, denying Mahrez, Laporte and Aguero from extending the visitors’ lead.
While he may not have looked completely comfortable playing out from the back, he said he enjoyed the new style and thinks the players as a collective will improve.
Our main concern is who’ll play at left-back. This morning it was confirmed that Ainsley Maitland-Niles has fractured his fibula and will be sidelined for up to ten weeks.
He started on Sunday as cover for Sead Kolasinac, ruled out for a couple of months with a knee problem, and Nacho Monreal who returned late from the World Cup. We can only assume that with a mini-crisis in his position, the Spaniard will now be rushed back for Saturday.