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Everton keeper Pickford jumps to defend Arsenal rival Cech

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has jumped to the defence of Arsenal's Petr Cech.

Pickford says Cech is still one of the best in the business but admitted goalies must pick and choose their moments when it comes to distribution with their feet.

He said: “He (Cech) has been top keeper in the Premier League for the last ten or 12 years. He's a keeper when you're growing up you see him making these saves week in week out.

“He's probably been the most consistent goalkeeper in these last 10 years in the Premier League, so you can't give him too much criticism.

“I'm certainly not giving him any, I think he's a great goalkeeper and someone you look up to.

"But it's a way of playing out from the back, you don't have to do it all the time. Look at Ederson a few weeks ago getting the assist with (Sergio) Aguero.

“Obviously I've got it in my locker as well. I haven't pulled an assist off yet. I nearly got one the other day against Bournemouth , so I was disappointed.

“It's about the right time of doing it. You don't have to play out every time, you might've had a spell of five minutes where you've been under a lot of pressure and you need to calm the game down."

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