Petr Cech has become involved in a row with Bayer Leverkusen after the German club appeared to criticize his performance in Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Manchester City.
Cech struggled with new manager Unai Emery’s demands to play the ball out of defence and almost scored an own goal after mis-hitting a back pass from Matteo Guendouzi. With Arsenal having spent £19.2m on former Leverkusen number Bernd Leno in the summer, it was slightly surprising to see Cech given the nod ahead of the German.
A video of Cech almost scoring an own goal attempting a pass began circulating on Twitter – with Leverkusen’s English account then getting involved.
“We might know a guy …” they replied to one tweet highlighting Cech’s error, seemingly suggesting their former No 1 would be more adept at implementing Emery’s ideas.
That was followed by a 29-second video of Leno playing out from the back in a game for the German side, with the caption: “In case you were all wondering how to play out from the back …”
In case you all were wondering how to play out of the back… pic.twitter.com/LZkxznsGPs
— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) August 12, 2018
Cech took to Twitter to post a reply on Monday evening, criticising the “professionalism” of the post. “[At] Arsenal we share important values which make us a big club not only on the football side. Fair competition, professionalism and sportsmanship are the biggest … bayer04-en,” he wrote.
.@Arsenal we share important values which make us a big club not only on the football side . Fair competition, professionalism and sportsmanship are the biggest ones you teach young footballers and it’s sad to see when other clubs don’t share the same values. .@bayer04_en
— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) August 13, 2018
Leverkusen’s account replied to Cech’s tweet soon after – saying their original “joke” had been taken more personally than it should have been.
It read: “Hi Petr. It seems our joke about wanting to see Leno, our former player, in action has been taken a bit more harshly/personally than intended. It was only a bit of banter. We’re all for the values you’ve stated and wish you and your big club all the best. Nice 1v1 save on Aguero!”