As seen on Twitter, Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech took a shot at the Bayer Leverkusen English Twitter account for a joke they made in regards to Bernd Leno. The German club seemed to indicate that they want to see Leno, who is their former goalkeeper, performing for the Gunners after his multi-million pound move to the Emirates. Alas, Cech took exception to this, citing that it showcased a lack of professionalism on Leverkusen’s behalf.
Cech, 36, was given the opportunity to fight for his place in the first team – and he took that opportunity with both hands during pre-season. He proved why he believes that he deserves to be in the spot that he’s in, regardless of whether or not Leno is on the rise. Alas, fans were less impressed by his performance against Manchester City and while he didn’t make any obvious mistakes, the fact that he nearly scored an own goal signalled to many that it could be time for Leno to step up to the plate.
The 26-year-old German likely knows that it’s only a matter of time until he’s given the chance to shine in the Arsenal goal, and when that chance comes, he’ll do everything he can to prove to Unai Emery that he’s the main man in North London.
In terms of the dispute on social media, we can understand both sides of it. From Cech’s perspective he has probably come to expect this kind of thing from the fans, but when it comes from an actual club’s account, it’s a bit harder to ignore it. On the other hand, Cech should probably know not to involve himself in things like this after being in the game for so long. He’s a model professional and he’s been that way for as long as we can remember watching him, but he needs to stick with that narrative in these tough times.
Either way, we’re still in the early, early stages of this Premier League season, and there’s a long way to go. We won’t really be able to analyse the success or failure of the Cech/Leno debate for quite some time, and that’s the way it should be. We need to get a good look at what they’re capable of before judging for ourselves who we think should be in goal, and one way or another, Arsenal fans are going to have a high-quality keeper to get behind.
Should Cech have reacted like he did?