Unai Emery has really turned it around at Arsenal in recent weeks, but not all the praise can go his way. Indeed, many of Arsenal’s players themselves have really taken their respective games to the next level, and for that, they deserve a lot of credit.
Whenever a new manager comes in, there is always the uncertainty for most players as to whether they’ll keep their places within the squad.
For the most part, Emery has been fairly unrevolutionary when it comes to changing the personnel in the first team up, and that’s clearly brought with it a bit of stability.
However, over the coming months, there is one player that will continue to be playing for his career at Arsenal – Petr Cech.
It wouldn’t be bold to suggest that most fans expected Cech to lose his place this season. Bernd Leno was brought in for big money, and after a few stellar years in Germany, he seemed like an ideal replacement. However, Emery has thus far committed to giving Cech a run in the first team – much to the surprise of fans. In that time, he’s done well, with consistency finally coming his way after a few Arsenal struggles early on in the season.
This was, obviously, great for Cech – but it comes with one major caveat. The moment that he has a bad game or a bad moment from here on out, or the minute he begins to struggle consistently, then questions will likely immediately be asked. The 36-year-old, then, is walking on very thin ice.
It’s important to remember that Cech isn’t a young player anymore. He’s slowly getting towards the end of his career, and with that comes unrivalled pressure to keep up a certain level of form. Every game that he plays he’ll have to impress, and all the while, he’ll be looking on behind him at Bernd Leno, who will no doubt be desperate to get a chance in the first team.
The minute Cech slips up, the questions will immediately be asked once again. He simply can’t afford to slip up.
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