When it comes to who’ll start the new Premier League in goal for Arsenal, Unai Emery is keeping everybody guessing.
Petr Cech and Bernd Leno have shared the majority of the minutes in pre-season with the veteran excelling against Chelsea on Wednesday evening and the new signing keeping a clean sheet versus Lazio last night.
“The best for the team is to have the best goalkeeper with the best performances,” Emery said after last night’s win against the Italians.
“Every match we’ve had good performances from Petr Cech and Bernd Leno and also from Emi Martinez, and for that I am happy. I am on the lookout for who will start in the first XI.”
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After the 2-0 win in Sweden, the 26-year-old German took stock of his performance and reflected on how he’s settled into life as a Gunner since arriving from Bayer Leverkusen in mid-June.
“I am satisfied [with the Lazio game], I think the team showed a good performance and the defence was very good as well,” he told Arsenal.com.
“We won the game but the most important thing was the performance and that was very good.
“I think we are very close to being at 100 per cent. It was exciting to be in Singapore, then on Wednesday we had a difficult game, and today again, but now we can relax a bit and on Tuesday we will focus on the game on Sunday and prepare for Man City.”
He added: “It’s very good, I’m so proud to be part of Arsenal. The team is very nice, the coaching is very good and it’s fun to be here.
“It’s like a family, we have big players, big personalities but I think the atmosphere is brilliant. I’m a little bit surprised [by how good it is], it’s very good for me to come to a team as a new player and the team make it very easy.”
Arsenal are still expected to sell at least one ‘first team’ keeper before the transfer window(s) close with David Ospina edging Emi Martinez as the most likely to depart. The Colombian should return to pre-season training this week to discuss his future.