Petr Cech Defends Ball Playing Skills

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has defended his ball playing skills to Sky Sports, saying he made 166 passes in the club’s first four games of the season but “everybody picked up on two.”

The former Chelsea goalkeeper has started all four games so far this season despite the signing of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer and the following expectation of Cech being sidelined.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery who replaced Arsene Wenger back in May has implemented a different style which is more disciplined and structural, whilst insisting his team play out from the back, something that it appears Cech is not comfortable with.

The 36-year-old almost passed into his own net during the season opener before inexplicably gifting the ball to Harry Arter on the edge of the box in Wales. He has come under criticism for looking shaky in possession throughout all four of his appearances.

“Everyone picked up on two passes against Manchester City and Cardiff,” Cech told Sky Sports ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Newcastle where they will be looking for their third successive PL win of the new season.

“Obviously, from that number of passes you can make a mistake. I try not to make a mistake. That’s clear and obvious.

“You want to use the goalkeeper as an advantage as a spare man. I am not happy with these two passes. We got away with it at Cardiff but I think my overall game has been strong.

“If the team wins and from your mistake nothing happens it’s a good way to realise you have to be more precise next time.

“I’m lucky nothing bad happened. I know that everyone will be waiting for the next mistake and trying to put more pressure but that’s the way it goes. Playing in goal in the Premier League you play with lots of pressure.”