Arsenal were beaten by reigning champions Manchester City in their Premier League opener.
Unai Emery’s team selection raised a few eyebrows with Petr Cech starting ahead of Bernd Leno in between the sticks and Lucas Torreira beginning on the bench. The Citizens took an early lead when Raheem Sterling was allowed too much space and fired a low shot home. Bernardo Silva wrapped up the win with a lovely volley after the interval.
The decision to start Cech was a strange one. The former Chelsea man has been declining in recent seasons as he approaches the twilight of his career. His inconsistent performances continued against Pep Guardiola’s men, almost allowing Aymeric Laporte to tap home a rebound as well as nearly scoring a bizarre own-goal from a routine pass back.
Leno was recruited from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer for and was seen as the perfect replacement for the ex-Czech Republic international. The German was benched for just the third time in his career. Emery insists that Cech will remain his number one and Leno will have to wait for his chance to impress.
Given Emery wants Arsenal to play out from the back, Cech should not be in the starting eleven. He constantly struggles with distribution and puts the Gunners in dangerous situations as a result of his poor passing.
If Arsenal want to be successful this season, Leno needs to be given the number one jersey. The Germany international is much better with the ball at his feet and will only improve at 26-years-old.
It’s time for a change at the Emirates, starting with their goalkeeper.
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