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Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech to start against Blackpool ahead of Bernd Leno

Unai Emery says he faces a "big decision" on whether to pick Bernd Leno or Petr Cech against Crystal Palace on Sunday
Image: Bernd Leno was given the nod ahead of the returning Petr Cech against Crystal Palace on Sunday

Petr Cech will start in goal for Arsenal in their Carabao Cup fourth-round tie at home to Blackpool, head coach Unai Emery has confirmed.

The 36-year-old began the season as first choice at the Emirates Stadium before he was injured in the win over Watford in September and replaced by summer-signing Bernd Leno.

Leno has since impressed and kept his place in Sunday's 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace, despite Cech being passed fit following his hamstring problem.

But, with Sky Bet League One side Blackpool travelling to London on Wednesday night, Cech will be given the chance to regain his top billing.

"In each moment for each match, we are going to give the goalkeepers the opportunity to help us," Emery said.

"We are looking for the confidence in each goalkeeper. But now at the moment, Petr Cech will start the Blackpool match after coming back from his injury."

Petr Cech receives treatment prior to being substituted
Image: Petr Cech was injured in the win over Watford last month

Given his experience, it is likely Cech will captain a much-changed team as last year's beaten finalists look to progress to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

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While fringe players such as Mohamed Elneny and Carl Jenkinson - who has not played for Arsenal in almost two years - will be hoping for an outing, Emery could also look to his youngsters.

Emile Smith Rowe, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock have been around the senior squad at times this season, with Smith Rowe starting the third-round win over Brentford.

"We will choose 18 players for the Blackpool match, the young players also," added Emery.

"We are going to have a mix in order to get the best performance against Blackpool, to respect them."

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