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Petr Cech backed by Unai Emery, despite shaky start against Man City

Unai Emery has confirmed Petr Cech will keep his place in the Arsenal goal for Saturday's London derby against Chelsea.

However, Cech started in the 2-0 defeat to Premier League champions City, nearly scoring an own goal as Unai Emery encouraged his side to play out from the back.

Many Arsenal fans are still more optimistic this season, however, with Emery renowned for his tactical nouse, unlike the recently departed Arsene Wenger, who seemed to give his players free reign to do as they wished.

"If you play for a team who is happy to play a long-ball and a completely different way then the keeper plays a different way - but for what we want to do I think it is going to be important". But if Bernd started, I'd believe in him too. They press, press, press so why do you try and play out when they press, press, press?

Injuries to Sead Kolašinac and Nacho Monreal meant that Ainsley Maitland-Niles had to fill in at left-back against Manchester City, but the youngster lasted only 35 minutes before limping out of the action with an injury of his own.




Cech, who spent 11 years at Chelsea before joining Arsenal in 2015, almost scored a comical own goal against City as a misplaced pass across his own area went just wide of the post.

Cech started the Gunners' opening game of the 2018/19 Premier League season against Manchester City ahead of summer signing Leno.

"For Saturday, the decision for me is easy", Emery told the media at his Thursday press conference. "Also, with Bernd Leno".

"We might know a guy." they replied to one Tweet highlighting Cech's error, seemingly suggesting their former number one Leno would be more adept at implementing Emery's vision. "You need to take the positive things out of the game to build our identity". His linkup play with Aubameyang was a treat to watch as the Gunners tried to pave their way back into the game on Sunday. He said: "Nacho has started training with the group, so maybe he can come in for the next match".

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