Friday 18 October 2019

Cech must press on with passing game

Arsenal manager Unai Emery. Photo: Rebecca Naden/Reuters
Arsenal manager Unai Emery. Photo: Rebecca Naden/Reuters Sportsdesk

Unai Emery believes that Petr Cech is making progress, as the Arsenal manager refuses to compromise in his desire to see him pass out from the back, despite another nervous performance against Cardiff City.

Cardiff knew Cech's discomfort with the ball at his feet was a weakness to exploit and the 36-year-old either almost lost the ball inside his area or passed it straight to an opposition player three times inside the opening 15 minutes.

The most damaging came when he presented Harry Arter with possession on the edge of the box, but the midfielder failed to hit the target.

"For me, Petr is making progress," said Emery.

"He has experience, he is intelligent and he is doing what we want him to do. He is working very hard on the training pitch.

"I want him to continue to do this and to keep improving. It is important. If you play every time, long balls, you lose possession and you lose momentum. I don't want to be like that.

"We take moments that are a little risk, but if you can get through the opposition's press, you can find the space for attacking opportunities."

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