Arsenal fans demand Bernd Leno starts Europa League final after Petr Cech agrees Chelsea return


The veteran keeper leaves Arsenal at the end of the season and will return to Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal fans have reacted furiously to reports that Petr Cech has already agreed to return to Chelsea this summer just a week before the Europa League final.

The veteran Czech shot-stopper has started every knockout game in Europe this season ahead of No.1 keeper Bernd Leno and had been expected to keep his place in the side for the final in Baku.

That will represent his final game for the Gunners before he retires, and Sky Sports are now reporting that he will be take up a new role as sporting director at old club Chelsea.

The Blues have been keen to bring back some of their old guard from the club’s most successful era, though it is not yet known what Cech’s responsibilities will involve.

Arsenal fans have not taken the news well, however, with many taking to social media to urge manager Unai Emery to reconsider starting Cech in the final if he does indeed already has an agreement with Chelsea…

After initially battling Leno for the No.1 berth at the start of the season, Cech eventually lost the role to the summer signing from Bayer Leverkusen – though the German has only played four times in the Cups.

Cech has been tasked with keeping goal in the Europa League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup instead, keeping six clean sheets in 10 European appearances, and has performed his role diligently despite his looming retirement.





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