Arsenal suffered a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of reigning champions Manchester City in their first match of the new Premier League season.
The loss will not be how new Arsenal boss Unai Emery will have dreamed of kicking off his reign in North London.
Despite showing flashes of attacking promise, things could have been much worse for the Gunners had veteran shot-stopper Petr Cech not been able to make smart stops from Sergio Aguero, Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte.
For all of the Arsenal No. 1’s good work with his hands though, the 36-year-old looked suspect with the ball at his feet. On one occasion, when under some pressure from a pressing City front line, Cech almost swept a misplaced pass into the back of his own net.
Emery is clearly trying to implement a new style of play at the Emirates Stadium, which relies upon the ball being played out from the back. This doesn’t appear to be Cech’s forte, and with the club having spent big on Bernd Leno this summer, many fans are crying out for the new man to be installed as the first choice option between the sticks. However, Cech does have his defenders amongst the Arsenal faithful.
Gooners took to Twitter after the match to discuss the goalkeeping selection dilemma being faced by the new manager…
Lets hope for a better performance from everybody in the next game but Cech gave me a scare with his passing from the back
— Duke Of Warri (@Padrende) 13 August 2018
Cech was poor last season, and I think he is too slow to play quick teams like City but he has come leaps and bounds from Last season.
We have competition now which is good.
— Captain_Ozil (@AfricanExportLt) 13 August 2018
Lots of people talking about Cech yesterday. Not many mentioning we’d have been down more without a few of his saves especially that one on one with Aguero.
— NJ Gooner (@NJArsenal) August 13, 2018
Imagine thinking Cech had a bad game yesterday just because of one pass that almost ended in his own net. Made a lot of good saves to keep us in the game. One of our best players yesterday imo
— Raf (@Aubadinho) August 13, 2018
Cech should have done a lot better for Sterling’s goal. Poor judgement, costly.
That’s why Leno has to play. We have signed a talented keeper for him to be first team.
— (@ClinicalLacaz) 13 August 2018
I think Cech gave Emery reasons to start Leno henceforth.
— Chris Jordan (@ChrisJordan_AFC) 12 August 2018