Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has shut down the ‘banter’ of Bayer Leverkusen’s Twitter account for taking a dig at his performance against Manchester City.
The Bundesliga side weren’t the only ones to notice Cech nearly making a royal cock-up in the City game as he nearly passed the ball into his own net as Arsenal tried to play out from the back.
The Gunners didn’t have a good day in general, losing 2-0 to Pep Guardiola’s side thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva in each half.
In truth, many Arsenal fans were probably surprised to see the Czech Republic veteran starting ahead of summer signing Bernd Leno, who joined from Bayer Leverkusen in the transfer window after impressing in his time in Germany.
New manager Unai Emery instead went for Cech, and when he made that mistake, Leverkusen’s Twitter posted a video of Leno showcasing his passing skills from the back to suggest he should perhaps be playing instead.
In case you all were wondering how to play out of the back… pic.twitter.com/LZkxznsGPs
— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) August 12, 2018
Cech has since tweeted this as his response, hitting out at Leverkusen’s lack of professionalism and sportsmanship…
.@Arsenal we share important values which make us a big club not only on the football side . Fair competition, professionalism and sportsmanship are the biggest ones you teach young footballers and it’s sad to see when other clubs don’t share the same values. .@bayer04_en
— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) August 13, 2018