Search

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery backs Petr Cech ahead of Chelsea clash as Bayer Leverkusen social media criticism of veteran keeper backfires

PUBLISHED: 15:12 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:13 16 August 2018

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech had a difficult afternoon against Premier League champions Manchester City as Unai Emery's Emrirates debut ended in a 2-0 defeat. PA

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech had a difficult afternoon against Premier League champions Manchester City as Unai Emery's Emrirates debut ended in a 2-0 defeat. PA

PA Wire/PA Images

Bayer Leverkusen’s official English language Twitter account may have done Petr Cech a favour after they trolled him following mistakes against Manchester City on Sunday.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery on the touchline during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London.Arsenal manager Unai Emery on the touchline during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London.

Speaking at London Colney on Thursday afternoon Emery confirmed the veteran Czech goalkeeper will keep his place against his former club Chelsea on Saturday.

Cech was slammed for his display by many, during and after the 2-0 defeat at home by Manchester City at the weekend, in particular with suggestions struggled to play out from the back, a style of play encouraged by the new man at the Emirates Stadium helm.

Those who criticised Cech included Die Werkself’s social media team who wanted to show their support for their former keeper Bernd Leno.

However, the joke backfired after Cech hit back on social media, as the incident saw Leverkusen’s regional newspaper, the Rheinische Post, calling the Twitter trolling of Cech an ‘own goal’ by the northern German Bundesliga club.

Arsenal's Bernd Leno during the pre-season friendly match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin (pic Niall Carson/PA).Arsenal's Bernd Leno during the pre-season friendly match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin (pic Niall Carson/PA).

Emery dismissed the idea that Cech would be dropped in favour of £20 million keeper Leno ahead of the London derby at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

He said: ““I am very happy with his performance,” insisted the Spaniard. “He has experience, he has quality, he has the capacity. Also, with Bernd Leno [it’s the same]. They are two goalkeepers who are important for us.

“For Saturday, the decision for me is easy. Petr Cech can continue to start the match, I believe in him.

“[But in the future] if Bernd starts, I believe in him also.

Bayer Leverkusen tweet trolling Arsenal keeper Petr CechBayer Leverkusen tweet trolling Arsenal keeper Petr Cech

“They have different qualities but for us in the way we want to play, they can [both] play.”

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

17:30

The Three Lions record goalscorer would like to see someone like Spurs forward Harry Kane receive the same treatment in the future

13:30

After losing 4-1 at Manchester United Women on November 4, Karen Hills’ team will look to bounce back this weekend

13:00

Hampstead & Westminster’s Harry Martin and Will Calnan have been named in the England squad for the Odisha World Cup in India.

Veteran manager signs up for stint on reality TV show

10:00

The latest boxing news from Camden and Haringey

Bostik Premier: Haringey Borough 4 Tonbridge Angels 0

Yesterday, 16:30

The attacker, who caused AFC Wimbledon problems on Friday night, lauded his team-mates after the 1-0 loss

Yesterday, 13:00

Wingate & Finchley will visit Chippenham Town in the third qualifying round

PROMOTED CONTENT

Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now