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Arsenal boss Emery opens up about Aaron Ramsey

04 August, 2018, 21:02 | Author: Hannah Francis
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Arsenal played against Chelsea on Wednesday night in Dublin and Petr Cech played the full 90 minutes of the match as they beat his former club on penalties with the Czech Republican global saving one of them in the penalty shootouts. "I never said Aubameyang's arrival was bad for me, only people in the press said it was bad", Lacazette told reporters after Arsenal's 5-1 friendly win over Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday.

Ramsey was set to start the 1-1 draw in Dublin midweek but the Welshman was withdrawn pre-game due to a calf injury.

But Chelsea - and Hudson-Odoi in particular - remained a threat and the youngster would have scored just before the break but for another fine stop from Cech. The former Arsenal captain was roundly booed as he went to take the resulting corner, but responded by finding the unmarked head of Rudiger.

However, Cech dived to his right to keep out Morata's spot-kick.

Callum Hudson-Odoi produced another highly promising performance, the teenage attacker shining as Maurizio Sarri's side failed to make their first-half dominance count due to Alvaro Morata's poor finishing, but it was veteran goalkeeper Cech who would decide the game. If the Spaniard is to succeed in this mission, getting the best out of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front will be crucial.

After Hudson-Odoi was put through by Jorginho's flawless pass, Cech got his hand to the shot before Shkodran Mustafi hooked the ball to safety.

At the end of the first period Hudson-Odoi showed his electric pace again, racing on to Fabregas's ball over the top only to be denied by the onrushing Cech.

However, the new deal is a sign Emery hopes to help the Nigeria global develop, although he faces stiff competition for a starting place from the likes of Ozil, Ramsey and Henrikh Mkhitaryan this season.

There was one final twist, though, as moments after forcing an excellent save from Bulka, Lacazette connected with Nelson's cross to send the match to penalties, where Loftus-Cheek was the only man to miss in sudden death.



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