Arsenal vs Vorskla Poltava - Preview, Live Match | 20 Sep 2018

Annette Crawford
September 20, 2018

Petr Cech has started all of Arsenal's Premier League matches so far, with fans criticising his early performances.

Emery has revealed that he has a "very close" relationship with Gazidis, saying: "The first three months with Ivan were very important for me because he is a big person, and a professional person too". Maybe Leno has one quality better than Petr, maybe Petr has one quality better than Leno and Emi.

And unlike his predecessor Arsene Wenger, who used David Ospina as his cup goalkeeper throughout the last couple of seasons while Cech played in the Premier League, Emery said his two keepers remain in open competition for every game.

The 36-year-old goalkeeper has less than 12 months on his existing deal and faces renewed competition following the Gunners' decision to sign Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen for £19.2million in the summer.

He is in the starting line-up after we have spoken with Javi Garcia, the goalkeeping coach. "Tomorrow I will play Leno, but each match we are going to look at each performance", Emery said.

"I can give you [the goalkeeping] position for tomorrow with Leno, but other players I prefer to first say to the players officially that they are in the first XI". 'He is going to start and he can go a long way here in Arsenal. I give him also my arguments for the decision.

Arsenal were the losing semi-finalists in the Europa League past year, but Vorskla Poltava manager Vasyl Sachko says his side are capable of getting a win.

I imagine there will be a lot of changes with the likes of Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan coming in, so it will still be a strong enough team for me to expect Arsenal to win this. "I want to play for every title going forward".

The Spaniard collected this trophy three times in a row while manager of Sevilla, a haul matched only by Giovanni Trapattoni.

And the way the Champions League exploded back onto our screens last night, goodness knows that is where Arsenal need to be, rather than playing Ukranian unknowns Vorskla Poltava.

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