Petr Cech has this evening responded to Bayer Leverkusen’s Twitter admin poking fun at the Arsenal shot-stopper over his near-own goal yesterday evening.
Arsenal 0-2 Man City
Arsenal welcomed Manchester City to the Emirates, in the last of the Premier League’s opening fixtures this past weekend.
The clash marked the first competitive fixture in charge for new Arsenal boss Unai Emery, while Pep Guardiola’s City were aiming to get their bid to become the first side in history to retain the Premier League title off to the best possible start.
In the end, a relatively straightforward evening’s work for Manchester City saw the Sky Blues emerge with a 2-0 victory in North London, courtesy of goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva.
Cech singled out
Overall, Arsenal’s performance received mixed reviews from fans and the media alike, with no player’s showing having been more heavily-examined both during and in the aftermath of the clash than Petr Cech.
The Gunners’ shot-stopper had a rather-bizarre day at the office, making a number of superb saves from the likes of Sergio Aguero And Aymeric Laporte, but also having both his reflexes and ability with the ball at his feet called into question for separate incidents.
The questions surrounding Cech’s technical ability came to the fore in a major way during the first-half, when Arsenal repeatedly attempted to play out from the back and through City’s high press.
Several heart-in-the-mouth moments ensued, none more-so blatant than when a straightforward pass back to the goalkeeper from Matteo Guendouzi saw Cech so nearly miskick the ball into his own net.
Cech hits back
Cech’s moment of madness quickly went viral online, with the administrator of the Twitter account for Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen having aimed a less than subtle dig at the veteran in response to a video of Cech’s gaffe, featuring their former shot-stopper, Bernd Leno, now of course of Arsenal:
In case you all were wondering how to play out of the back… pic.twitter.com/LZkxznsGPs
— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) August 12, 2018
Cech himself, though, was not amused by Bayer’s pop at his talents, with the former Czech international having today replied with the following:
.@Arsenal we share important values which make us a big club not only on the football side . Fair competition, professionalism and sportsmanship are the biggest ones you teach young footballers and it’s sad to see when other clubs don’t share the same values. .@bayer04_en
— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) August 13, 2018