The news that Petr Cech will keep his place against Chelsea raised some eyebrows in certain quarters because of elements of the veteran’s performance against Man City.
He looked uncomfortable with the ball at his feet at times, and almost scored an own goal with a miskick that went just beyond his post. He countered that with some top class saves though, and right now Unai Emery believes the 35 year old is the best man for the job ahead of £22.5m summer signing Bernd Leno.
The Spaniard isn’t going to change his system after one game though, but did suggest that his players need to vary it a bit to deal with pressure when it comes from the opposition.
“Goalkeepers can play like a player, to start short with the centre back or the right or left back,” he said.
“It is not compulsory to start each action that way. Maybe if the opposition is doing high pressing against us, then we need also to find another option and to play the ball long in the second action.
“We are training for each situation. I want in each moment to know what is our best action to do in the match. This is our creative style and idea.
“We need with security, with confidence, to build in each match and training session. We are in this process.”
And he insisted that the defeat to Man City would be something he and his players will take lessons from.
“We didn’t lose because of our personality, our idea, our style,” he said. “We didn’t lose for that.
“We lost on other things, we can improve on other things, tactics, improve for our learning on the next match. But also, we are building our style because we think it’s the best way, to have the control on each match, and to find the best way to win.”
It does sound like we might vary it a little more against Chelsea on Saturday. Let’s see.
In the meantime, check out a brand new Arsecast, talking Guendouzi, Cech’s social media interactions this week, and lots more. Listen below.