Arsenal boss Unai Emery has no worries starting Petr Cech in goal when Arsenal face Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku, regardless of reports linking the veteran with a return to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Petr Cech will be playing his last game on Wednesday and he could hardly have wished for a more eventful final game of his playing career.
Petr Cech joined Arsenal from Chelsea in 2015 after 11 years with the Blues where he won some significant laurels and has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge this summer to take on the role of a sporting director.
Meanwhile, Cech has reiterated that his sole focus presently is to play his part nicely and see the Gunners emerge victoriously over Chelsea in Baku and subsequently book a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League competition.
Speaking about the veteran ahead of the Europa League final game, where opinions are divided on if Cech should start or not, Unai Emery said:
“I respect him a lot”
“His career is amazing. First like a person and second like a professional goalkeeper.
“I think he deserves (us) to trust in him. Not because I am saying to you here – because his career says to us, he is a gentleman. And tomorrow he can start, he cannot start. I am going to decide.
“But both (ways), for him, he is due the respect. And, really, I think, how can we not believe in him?”
Although Emery was clear with his response on the possibility of Cech or Leno starting the game, he suggested that Bernd Leno could also get the nod ahead of Cech, despite him starting all the Europa knockout games.
“The first XI for tomorrow, you know, I want to say to the players first,” he said.
“I am going to say tomorrow. I can’t speak about Petr Cech a lot, but above all, he’s a great man, a great professional.
“He is amazing, his behaviour and his year here with us. It is going to be the last match tomorrow because he decided to finish his career and I want to do something important with him.
“This is my conversation with him. I want to do something important with him in the last moment of his career, playing or not playing.”