Europa League final: Unai Emery takes decision on playing Cech

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Europa League final: Unai Emery takes decision on playing Cech

Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has made it clear that Petr Cech will start next week’s Europa League final in Baku.

There have been calls for Emery to leave Cech out, after it emerged this week that the goalkeeper has been offered a role by his former club, Chelsea, who the Gunners will face.

While Cech isn’t Arsenal’s first team keeper, he has been playing ahead of Bernd Leno in the Europa League and is now set to start the final.

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Emery confirmed this during a press conference on Wednesday.

On the importance of beating the Stamford Bridge club to secure Champions League football next season, Emery added: “We want and we feel this competition as an important competition for us.

“We want to feel a special moment, and this is a special moment. We want to enjoy it, whether it’s very far or not for the supporters. The match is the same importance.

“I think it’s very special in two ways. One is because it’s a derby we are going to play away but we are going to feel the same.

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“We need to battle against them. We finished behind them in the Premier League, and last year they were in front of us.

“Our ambition is to reduce the difference with them in all the competitions. Our first possibility, our challenge is in this final.”


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