Everyone thought that Bernd Leno would automatically become Arsenal-s first choice keeper when he arrived early in the transfer window, but now that Unai Emery has watched both of them in pre/season I am sure that many Arsenal fans would prefer to keep Petr Cech in the starting line-up. In the previous pre-season games, Emery has played a different keeper in each half, but against Chelsea Cech was in for the whole 90 mins, and saved a penalty during the match as well as winning in the penalty shoot out.
The big Number One was very happy after the game. “Well, I have to say that first of all I’m glad we came into the penalty shoot-out because we were losing the game until the last minute, so credit to all of us that we managed to dig in and manage to find an equaliser. In the shoot-out everyone took their penalties very well and there was only one miss.
“I was very close to the first one which was a bit of a shame because I had my hand to it and it hit my head and I thought it was going to go wide, but it went in. But in the end our boys managed to keep their nerves and we managed to win. Its always good for the confidence before the season starts
“I felt confident. We’ve been working really hard and really well, so when you are prepared you feel confident obviously. The game didn’t start well for us when we went 1-0 down, but eventually we improved and in the end from both sides it was a really entertaining and quality game.”
He has certainly looked extra fit this year, and perhaps playing the whole of yesterday’s game means that Emery has made up his mind, but Cech says that there has been no decision made so far. Cech said: “No. We still have games to play. Obviously for every player you do your best, then the manager has his choice to make.”
Perhap’s Leno will play the whole game against Lazio, but whatever Emery decides, who do you think should be the one to face Man City on the performances so far?