Petr Cech began the season as Arsenal’s number one goalkeeper, but after losing his place to Bernd Leno through injury, the 36 year old hasn’t started a Premier League game since the 2-0 win over Watford in September.
The veteran is expected to get the nod for this evening’s FA Cup third round clash with Blackpool, but with his contract expiring at the end of the season, there’s clearly some doubt as to his future with the club.
A contract extension which would see him deputise for the German for another year isn’t out of the question, but at the moment Unai Emery is not quite sure what’s going to happen, and of course much depends on the intentions of Cech himself.
Asked the question in the build-up to this game, he said, “I don’t know now. This is a question for the club and the player to deal with our necessary things with the goalkeeper.
“But when he played at the start of the season, he did very well. He was very good behaviour, commitment and performance.
‘Then when he had the injury Leno started playing with a big performance also and then he recovered his position on the bench. But I am happy with him.
‘All situations like this, we will speak with the player and with the club but at the moment, I want his focus the same, each training, each match.
“He is going to play Saturday to give us his performance and then we are going to decide also within what is the best for him and for the club.”
Meanwhile, Emi Martinez has been tipped to go out on loan this month, ahead of a permanent move this summer.
The Argentine is now 26 year old, the same age as Leno, but has made fewer than 50 first team appearances during his career compared with the nearly 400 the current number 1 is coming up on.
Unless he fancies as a life as a squad man it’d be in his interests to go somewhere and play regular football.