Petr Cech backed by Arsenal boss Unai Emery after yet another nervy Premier League display against Cardiff City

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Petr Cech backed by Arsenal boss Unai Emery after yet another nervy Premier League display against Cardiff City


DEFENSIVE

Cech looked nervous with the ball at his feet and nearly gifted Harry Arter a goal

Unai Emery has leapt to the defence of goalkeeper Petr Cech after his unconvincing start to the season continued.

Cech could do little to stop both of Cardiff’s goals as the Gunners showed great resolve to win 3-2 in Wales on Sunday afternoon.

Emery heaped praise on keeper Cech

Emery heaped praise on keeper Cech

But with the Emery enforcing a style of play which requires the ball to be played out from the back, Cech’s technical ability (or lack thereof) has been called into question.

After shaky moments against Manchester City and Chelsea with the ball at his feet, the former Czech Republic international almost gifted Harry Arter a goal.

However, even with new singing Bernd Leno looking on, Emery insisted Cech has his backing.

“He (Cech) has experience,” Emery said. “He is doing like we want him to do. It is very important to me to continue doing this and improving.

Cech salutes the travelling Arsenal fans

Cech salutes the travelling Arsenal fans

“If you are playing long balls all the time, you are not showing your personality.

“It is clear you can do one mistake in one action, but we need to continue doing this to help us create attacking space.

“When we had more control in the second half, I think he feels better on the pitch.”

A wonderful strike from Alexandre Lacazette secured the points for the visitors at the Cardiff City stadium, and thwarted Neil Warnock’s side – who responded twice to going behind.

After managing Paris Saint-Germain, Emery knew all about the talent of Lacazette, and singled the striker out for praise after the game as well

“I know him (Lacazette) from Lyon,” Emery added. “He has a big capacity to score when he is in the box.

“We gave him good options to score, and today he showed us what he could do, and it is good for his confidence.





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