ARSENAL keeper Petr Cech should not be afraid to put his foot through the ball if he’s under pressure.
That’s according to former Manchester United and Chelsea stopper Mark Bosnich.
Unai Emery has been tasked with returning the Gunners to the top four after replacing Arsene Wenger during the summer.
The Spaniard is attempting to implement his high-pressing, possession-based style among his new-look squad.
Emery’s philosophy involves goalkeeper Cech being active with his feet by playing the ball out to his defence.
“There’s no shame whatsoever in putting your foot through it.”
Former Man Utd keeper Mark Bosnich
The Czech has been trusted as Arsenal’s No.1 so far this season despite the £19.3m summer signing of Germany international Bernd Leno.
Cech has looked nervous in possession at times and almost scored a calamitous own goal during the opening day defeat to Manchester City.
A loose pass came close to gifting Cardiff an opener during last weekend’s 3-2 win in south Wales.
The former Chelsea keeper is at risk of losing his place should he continue to make mistakes.
And Bosnich has warned him that he should stick to the basics when necessary if he wants to avoid being dropped.
“He made [Cech] captain,” he said.
“Leno is going to eventually take over, but I don’t see that solving their problems.
“If the ball goes in from a silly back pass he might be out of the team anyway.
“What’s the worse choice? If the ball goes in from one of those clangers, he’ll be kicking himself saying ‘I should have just put my foot through it’.
“He’s obviously been told to play out, but there’s no shame whatsoever in putting your foot through it if it’s not on.
“He’s got to take responsibility because if those two clangers go in then there’s a problem and it doesn’t exactly fill the defence with confidence.
“He’s experienced enough to say: ‘I will do everything I can to play out’ but there are times in the game if the ball goes in it’s his responsibility.
“When you’re an outfield player there are quite a few occasions when you’re tired and you don’t want to take that risk.
“They don’t want to take a risk going forward at certain times so they’re passing it to him.
“If they pass back to him in a poor position, there’s no problem for them.
“The stats are backing him up and he’s doing the right thing the vast majority of the time.
“Why take the risk doing silly things just for the sake of going extreme and playing out all times?
“If you see goalkeepers in training, you’ll see tricks and things like that.
You do it on a matchday, it takes so much courage.
“If you get caught with it, nine times out of 10 it’s going to end up as a goal.”
Arsenal return to Premier League action this weekend with a trip to struggling Newcastle.