Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has claimed that he was surprised by Petr Cech’s performance during his side’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester City in the weekend.
However, the Gunners legend has advised the veteran shot-stopper to ignore the instructions of manager Unai Emery.
The North London side have signed Bernd Leno from Leverkusen as the new goalkeeper and Cech started ahead of the German during their Premier League opener.
However, the Czech international struggled to adapt to Emery’s playing style as he almost scored an embarrassing own goal.
Asked about Cech’s performance against Man City, Lehmann told Sky Sports: “He is still a fantastic goalkeeper and apparently he had to change his style, but sometimes the game tells you what to do and not the other way round.”
“I was a bit surprised that every time he tried to play out, which is not possible, nobody can dictate to you when to play out.”
“He is very intelligent so he knows when to play out and when not to.”
“Petr has played hundreds of games and I think sometimes he would have kicked it long before, now he is under pressure this year. The game dictates what to do and not a certain style you have to play.”
Lehmann, who played for Arsenal between 2003 and 2008, has warned Cech to react to Emery’s instructions.
“Even at the age of 36 you can practice and improve, but it’s the amount of passes you have to do,” the German continued.
“Also, sometimes it is better to not to do what the coaches ask because at that moment you understand the game better than anybody else.”