One of the Gunners problem areas in recent seasons has been in goal. Petr Cech had previously been one of the best goalkeepers in the world. However, since joining Arsenal Cech has regressed as he has grown older.
Some of the world’s best goalkeepers of bygone days have played well into their thirties or even forties in some cases. However, at 36 years old, the former Chelsea stopper seems to be making more mistakes as the seasons go on.
Cech now has a potential replacement at the club
When Arsenal signed German international goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, many expected the new arrival to be installed as the Gunners first choice instantly.
However, new Gunners boss Unai Emery decided to field Cech in the Gunners 2-0 home defeat against Manchester City on Sunday in their opening Premier League game. Some have questioned the decision.
Cech came close to scoring an own goal against City, but his blushes were spared in the end. It would be harsh to say that either of the visitor’s goals were Cech’s fault, though. He also produced some decent saves to deny City.
Leno adjusting to the club and league
Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has suggested that new goalkeeper Leno will need time to adjust to the club and to the league. Lehmann rates the former Bayer goalkeeper but believes he has to do more to develop.
No doubt he showed at Bayer Leverkusen he is a good goalkeeper. The question is can he push on and improve in the future, which is what Lehmann was referring to when talking about the Gunners goalkeeping situation.
The Gunners also have Colombian international goalkeeper David Ospina still at the club. However, with the European transfer windows still open, the former Nice goalkeeper may still leave the club in the near future.
Conundrum for Emery
The goalkeeping position is a bit of a conundrum for Emery. The fact that the Spaniard picked Cech for the opening game of the campaign ahead of Leno suggests that Emery is unsure about throwing Leno into the first team just yet.
However, the German has obviously not arrived just to be Cech’s backup, so I suspect that he will be eased into the team at some point. For now, though, I do believe that Cech will continue in goal for Saturday’s game at former Chelsea. The Gunners may have bigger things to worry about in that game than who plays in goal.
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