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Petr Cech frustrated by Arsenal's cup goalkeeper policy

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has said he does not like Arsene Wenger's policy of always using his backup keeper in cup competitions and preferred the rotation approach at his former club Chelsea.

Cech has been Arsenal's No. 1 since joining from Chelsea in 2015 but has mainly been used in the Premier League with Wenger playing David Ospina in both European and domestic cup competitions.

Wenger has said that approach is necessary in order to keep two top-quality goalkeepers at the club, but Cech made it clear that he favoured Chelsea's approach.

"It wasn't always a case of playing in one or two competitions -- it was game by game," he told the BBC in his role as a pundit for Chelsea's FA Cup win at Leicester on Sunday.

"If you kept playing well and didn't need a rest, the manager had his choice to pick the goalkeeper for the competition.

"I enjoyed that because I love this competition -- to play FA Cup games makes it a bit more spicy and special.

"But you have to respect the manager. You can tell him you would prefer the other way, but the decision is his."

Cech won the FA Cup four times at Chelsea, starting all four finals. However, he was on the bench for Arsenal's win over Chelsea in last season's final as well as for the League Cup final loss to Manchester City last month.

Ospina, who played in both those games, is also set to play the remainder of Arsenal's Europa League campaign.

Cech also addressed the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Wenger's future, saying it affected different players in different ways.

"It's individual. As a player some probably look outside more than others," he said.

"I have to say I only concentrate on what I can do, which is my game and my preparation every day.

"All the speculation on coach in and coach out, once you start thinking about it as a player it can affect your performances and that won't help you."

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.


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