Last night news broke that Petr Cech would be heading back to Chelsea this summer to take up a new position as a ‘sporting director’.
The timing of it raised eyebrows, and it feels very much like something that has been leaked from Stamford Bridge ahead the Europa League final as it’s widely expected that the 37 year old will start in goal for the Gunners.
It added another layer of distraction for Unai Emery and his team, following the Henrikh Mkhitaryan situation, the difficulties of fans getting to Baku and everything else.
However, in response, Cech made it very clear that his only focus right now is on winning that game next Wednesday, and ending his career with a trophy and a medal.
Despite the news today as I had already said to everybody before , I’ll make decision about my future after the last game . Now my sole focus is to win the EL with @Arsenal .
— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) May 21, 2019
“Despite the news today as I had already said to everybody before , I’ll make decision about my future after the last game. Now my sole focus is to win the EL with @Arsenal .”
I don’t think anyone is in any doubt as to Cech’s professionalism, and regardless of what his future holds he’ll be out to win against Chelsea.
The question for Emery is whether he considers this leak a distraction, and whether or not in a final which has huge importance for the club, he should play what is ostensibly his second choice keeper.