Petr Cech took exception to a comment made by Bayer Leverkusen, who made fun of his passing abilities.
Petr Cech didn’t look comfortable passing the ball out of the back on Sunday against Manchester City. His lack of confidence culminated when he nearly scored an own goal upon failing to control a backwards pass by Matteo Guendouzi.
See it for yourself:
Cech ??? pic.twitter.com/o4WSe4gCH5
— Terje (@ArsenalTerje) August 12, 2018
A comment came from Bayer Leverkusen’s official account, suggesting they might know a guy who can cope with the task, of course implying to their former goalkeeper Bernd Leno. To that Cech responded:
.@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
Cech wasn’t impressed by Leverkusen’s Twitter behaviour and decided to tell the Germans off. You can notice below his response that Bayer Leverkusen wrote back, explaining there were no bad intentions in their twit, just a friendly joke.
Former Arsenal forward Ian Wright agreed with Bayer Leverkusen’s assessment of Cech’s performance, while his fellow commentator Chris Sutton wondered why did The Gunners buy Leno if he wasn’t going to play (BBC Sport).
“I was watching the match on Sunday and I saw a goalkeeper who looked absolutely petrified every time the ball went back to him.”
“I actually screamed when he nearly scored an own goal. We are trying to play out from the back and our goalie nearly scores. That’s not what we want. The fact is, you have to laugh, the fans were screaming ‘just kick it out’.”
Maybe Unai Emery will re-think his decision. We’ll find out next weekend, when his team visits city rival Chelsea.