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Cech mate! - Emery backs Cech against Chelsea

Published:Saturday | August 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Arsenal manager Unai Emery says he is sticking with goalkeeper Petr Cech for his team's clash with Chelsea today.

Cech, who spent several years with 'The Blues', was unconvincing in meeting his new coach's demands to play out from the back in the Gunners' 2-0 loss to champions Manchester City last week, but the Spanish coach says that Cech, who spent 11 seasons with Arsenal, will remain in goal for the trip to Stamford Bridge.

"For Saturday (today), the decision for me is easy. Petr Cech can continue to start the match, I believe in him. But if (in future) Bernd starts, I believe in him also," Emery said.

Bernd Leno, who signed from German club Bayer Leverkusen for £20 million, was left on the bench in the team's opening game.

Emery said the team will look to enforce their tactical ideas on Chelsea as they hunt their first points of the new season.

"We are going to play away but we need to keep our personality, keep our mentality," said Emery. "I think against Manchester City, the team kept their ideas, kept their spirit in the game for the full 90 minutes, even when we were losing, and didn't let their heads go down.

"We want a good preparation before and a good response on the pitch to that preparation."