Jamie Carragher critical of Unai Emery for asking too much of Arsenal star

Liverpool FC legend Jamie Carragher claims Arsenal boss Unai Emery is asking too much of Petr Cech

By James Westwood
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech Photo: The Sport Review

Jamie Carragher insists that Arsenal boss Unai Emery is asking too much of Petr Cech in goal.

Arsenal have won their last five matches in all competitions and look set to mount a realistic challenge for a top-four finish this season.

A tricky start saw Emery’s men lose their first two fixtures but Arsenal have since regrouped as the players seemingly become more and more comfortable with the Spanish manager’s methods.

However, one man who has found it difficult to adjust is Cech, who has been asked to use his feet more often to get the team playing out from the back, which has resulted in a couple of nervous moments which have nearly cost a goal.

The club’s number one shot-stopper has been in fantastic form otherwise and the Czech Republic goalkeeper was brilliant against Everton during a 2-0 win at the Emirates on Sunday.

Former Liverpool FC defender Carragher believes Cech is shouldering too much responsibility.

Carragher told Sky Sports: “The criticism he’s got in terms of using his feet, and I’ve been critical of it. My criticism is not for the goalkeeper, it’s maybe more for the manager for asking to him do those types of things.

“It’s like manager putting me on the wing and asking me to beat the full-back, you can’t do it.

“He’s never going to be good with his feet and again, there were problems against Everton, playing out from the back and losing the ball in their own half with Everton pressing.

“You think at some stage they may come a cropper and it may hurt them, but they do seem to be getting through these games.”

Arsenal continue their season with a Carabao Cup tie against Brentford on Wednesday before the Gunners return to Premier League action on Saturday at home to Watford.

Emery’s side will be expected to win both matches to continue their recent resurgence and Cech will once again be a vital part of the starting XI as the last line of defence.

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