Unai Emery has confirmed that Petr Cech will start tonight’s Carabao Cup tie against Blackpool as the 36 year old continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.
He hasn’t played since the 2-0 win over Watford on September 29th when he pulled a hamstring just before half-time. Since then Bernd Leno has been the first pick for the Premier League, but Cech will get a chance to impress tonight against The Seasiders.
Speaking ahead of the game, the Arsenal boss was asked about the goalkeeping situation and said, “In each moment for each match, we are going to give the goalkeepers the opportunity to help us.
“We are looking for the confidence in each goalkeeper, but now at the moment, Petr Cech will start the Blackpool match after coming back from his injury.”
With Liverpool visiting on Saturday, Emery will have to choose his team tonight wisely, with ongoing defensive concerns, and a need to keep people fresh for the weekend.
However, he says he’ll pick a team which will respect the League One opposition this evening.
“We’re looking for a good performance from the team, and also to give the players the chances to help us with their performances,” he said.
“We respect Blackpool, and we will take the responsibility to have the best performance in each competition so that we’re able to win the match.”