It quickly became clear on Sunday that playing out of the back isn’t Petr Cech’s forte.
The Arsenal goalkeeper came very close to scoring an embarrassing own goal after he was placed under pressure during the Gunners’ 2-0 defeat to Manchester City.
It wasn’t the only time that Arsenal looked uncomfortable as they tried to initiate moves from the back.
Manchester City’s high press caused them all sorts of problems and there was a rapturous applause inside the Emirates Stadium when Cech told his teammates to push upwards and he played the ball long.
Cech’s near-own goal prompted a response from Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen that didn’t sit too well with the Arsenal ‘keeper.
Leverkusen wrote on Twitter: “We might know a guy…”, before sharing a video of Bernd Leno starting a move that resulted in a goal during his time at Bayer.
“In case you all were wondering how to play out of the back…”, Leverkusen captioned the video.
Drogba enjoyed Cech’s tweets
Cech wasn’t at all pleased. He accused the German outfit of lacking “fair competition, professionalism and sportsmanship” in a scathing tweet.
Bayer apologised to Cech but the 36-year-old’s response still attracted a lot of attention from fans who felt that he had taken the tweets too seriously.
One fan even felt that it was rich for Cech to talk about professionalism.
“Professionalism? How can you talk about professionalism when you haven’t improved your distribution after nearly two decades of training? You’ve embarrassed yourself, your club and the supporters,” Twitter user @registability wrote.
Cech wasn’t having any of it.
“Maybe try to google what professionalism really means…” he hit back.
Didier Drogba, Cech’s former teammate at Chelsea, was enjoying it all. He replied to Cech with four crying-with-laughter emojis.
We’re with you Didier.
Twitter rows. Can’t beat them.
Cech’s performance against Man City prompted a discussion into whether he deserves to be the No. 1 at the Emirates Stadium.
Unai Emery spent £22 million to sign Leno and it may not be long before we see him between the sticks.