Lacazette thanks Petr Cech for his part in Arsenal win over Everton

Posted September 24, 2018

Unai Emery admits he has been surprised by the criticism aimed at Petr Cech in recent weeks as the Arsenal goalkeeper put in a man of the match performance in Sunday's Premier League win over Everton.

Hector Bellerin of Arsenal turns with the ball under pressure from Richarlison of Everton during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Everton FC at Emirates Stadium on September 23, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Arsenal also kicked off their Europa League campaign with a home win against Vorskla in front of their home fans on Thursday night.

A Pierre-Emerik Aubameyang's brace, and a goal each from Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil ensured the Gunners overpowered Vorskia in their continental assignment.

A top four finish in the Premier League would insure that Arsenal once again compete in Europe's top club competition after a two year absence and Emery did not play down its importance.

But, after starting life as Arsenal head coach with back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea, Emery's side have yet to keep a clean sheet since he took charge.

Leno revealed Emery has not come to a specific arrangement with his goalkeepers over who will play in which matches, and added that he has a good working relationship with Cech.

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"We spoke in the dressing room [at half-time] about stopping their [Everton's] attacking moments with better positioning on the pitch and also individually, helping each other and pushing more in the 45 minutes of the second half", he said.

"He is performing like we want and today he showed us he is very well".

At Arsenal, Unai Emery, the man who did so well with Sevilla then not so well with Paris Saint-Germain, has been handed the poisoned chalice of replacing Arsene Wenger and so far the French coach has chose to imitate his flawed predecessor rather than herald in a new, pragmatic approach in north London. "I think it's important".

Because I had some good performances, but then just didn't get the chance to play on. "For me, it's odd".

"It's something we analysed during the week. It's clear we have a very competitive team and I'm confident in them".

Everton will be boosted by the return of Brazil forward Richarlison after he completed a three-game ban.

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