Arsenal manager Unai Emery has insisted Petr Cech will keep passing the ball from the back despite the veteran goalkeeper’s nervy showing in Sunday’s 3-2 win at Cardiff.
Cech’s discomfort with the ball at his feet was obvious yet again and the 36-year-old almost lost the ball inside his area or passed it straight to an opposition player three times inside the opening 15 minutes of the game.
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. There was a similar incident in the second period, when Junior Hoilett also shot wide after a loose Cech pass, but Emery was unapologetic.
“For me, he is making progress,” said Emery, whose side picked up their first Premier League away win under their new manager.
“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 when you take this risk and analyse it, if you can get through the opposition’s press, you can find the space to for attacking opportunities.
“It is a risk, we might make little mistakes, like we saw today when there was one piece of action. But we need to continue with this personality, because we need to create space to attack the opposition goal.