Arsenal manager Unai Emery has admitted that he is surprised by the ongoing criticism towards goalkeeper Petr Cech. The 36-year-old was widely tipped to be replaced by Bernd Leno between the sticks this term but so far, the Gunners head coach has placed his confidence in the veteran which has paid off.
Cech begun the season with two back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea and during this period, he happened to struggle with his distribution from the back which created nervous moments in the Gunners defence. However, the former Czech international has since improved his performances game by game and Sunday witnessed him secure his first clean sheet of the campaign.
Like the previous games, the Gunners backline was once again vulnerable with the Toffees getting a number of attempts on target but Cech was on guard to restrict them with a couple of key one-of-one saves against Theo Walcott and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The victory has ensured that the Gunners have remained unbeaten for four successive league games and they are now up to sixth in the standings with 12 points.