Adrian Durham SLAMS Arsenal boss Unai Emery for starting Petr Cech against former side Chelsea in Europa League final in extraordinary rant
- May 30, 2019
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Cech will make his final appearance for the Gunners against his former side in the first of two all-England European finals this week.
Ahead of the clash in Baku, Cech questioned the mentality at the Emirates – insisting there’s ‘no pressure to do anything’.
He said: “At Chelsea, even when we drew at home against a big team, it felt like a funeral in the dressing-room. It was so bad. It felt impossible that we didn’t win.
“But then I came to Arsenal and as much as Arsene Wenger hated losing, he always stayed a gentleman whatever the result. If we won or lost, he just kind of carried on.
“And that was something I’d never experienced before.
“So as strange as it might sound, I think at Arsenal there is not enough pressure.”
And those comments, along with the decision to hand a starting berth to the veteran keeper, have seemingly riled Durham who went on an extraordinary rant on Drivetime.
He said: “What he’s basically said [about the club’s mentality] is that it’s easy being at Arsenal as there’s no pressure to do anything.
“I’m looking at Petr Cech here and thinking hang on weren’t you the type of player they were bringing into the club to up the levels across the board?
“Having someone with that experience of winning everything domestically at Chelsea should have galvanised him to make a difference at Arsenal.
“It wasn’t to sit in the shadows and take your money so your kids can go to school in London – we all know that’s why he went to Arsenal! It’s incredibly convenient for him at the end of the day.”
He continued: “He ain’t ripped up trees, he’s not rocked the boat, he’s not bust heads together in the dressing room in a bid to make Arsenal better.
“So what on earth is Unai Emery thinking about playing Cech tonight?! It should not happen.”
Durham went on to sensationally label Cech a ‘failure’ for his contribution at Arsenal and insists his loyal lies completely with the Blues – thus he should have no involvement in the huge showdown.
“He’s been a failure there,” he added. “He’s about to go back to Chelsea in the summer [heavily linked with director of football role] – that’s where his heart has always been.
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