Petr Cech

Petr Cech insists he has not been told he is Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech last night revealed that his first-choice status between the posts for the Gunners has not been assured by manager Unai Emery.

Arsenal 0-2 Man City

Arsenal went head to head with Manchester City at the Emirates yesterday evening, in the final fixture of the Premier League’s opening 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 to retain the Premier League title off to the best possible start.

In the end, despite the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and David Silva having been left out of the Citizens’ starting XI, it was the visitors who emerged with a fully deserved 3 points in North London.

Raheem Sterling opened the scoring in the 14th-minute, with a flurry of chances for City during the game’s opening 20 minutes or so having made it look as though Unai Emery’s debut may end in a hammering for Arsenal.

The Gunners regrouped, though, staying very much in the running for a share of the spoils until Bernardo Silva’s thumping finish in the 68th-minute essentially killed off the hopes of the capital club.

Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 12: Bernardo Silva of Manchester City celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on August 12, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Cech vs Leno

Overall, Arsenal’s performance’s received mixed reviews, with no player’s having been more heavily-examined in the aftermath of the clash than goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Following a hugely-underwhelming campaign last season, Cech was a surprise choice between the posts yesterday, with the board in North London having splashed out over £20 million to bring in German shot-stopper Bernd Leno in June.

Cech’s performance versus City contained a bit of everything, with the former Chelsea star having made several impressive saves, almost scored an own goal, and had his reflexes called into question following Raheem Sterling’s opener.

As such, speaking in a post-match interview following the clash, Cech was unsurprisingly drawn on his battle for first-choice status at Arsenal this season, as well as his first display of the campaign, with the former Czech international having admitted that his spot in the Gunners’ starting XI is far from a sure thing moving forward:

‘The manager has not told me I am now first-choice. I was told I was starting the game (against Manchester City) and it will be up to me how well I play.’

‘It was a challenge and obviously I was happy to get the nod today but nothing is finished.’

‘We all came to the pre-season to fight for the spot, every player always wants to be in the line-up and it is the same with us goalkeepers.’

‘If you ask Bernd he will say the same, he worked hard and fought for his place in the team and will continue to do so – I will be working hard to retain my spot.’

‘It is as simple as that, if you perform you have a chance to play as many games as you can and I will do that.’

(Quotes via the Daily Mail).

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