Mikel Arteta says that the signing of Petr Cech will instill the kind of belief in the side that’s required for winning the league, and that the capture of the former Chelsea man shows the ambition the club has to succeed these days.
Spending £11m on a 33 year old is not Arsene Wenger, or Arsenal’s, regular modus operandi, and the Spaniard – who explained why he delayed the signing of his new deal until he was sure he could make the right contribution to the team – believes it’s further evidence of the way the club has changed since he arrived in 2011 from Everton.
“Suddenly the club’s perspective and potential changed,” he said.
“Instead of selling the best players, they decided to keep the players and keep adding the quality every year Once we do that we start to show more consistency, start to win trophies , confidence, atmosphere, everything gets better.”
And on the arrival of Cech, he hailed the decision to switch from west to North London as one that shows how much the Czech international wants to win things.
“The decision he made to come here after being a legend at Chelsea was not easy. He is still hungry and he wants to prove himself at the top again and it’s a really good decision for us,” he continued.
“He could have gone to another league and said: ‘My name is here forever in the Premier League with Chelsea.’ And you know that there will be some criticism coming. He just wants to take this chance and say: ‘I’ve got another chapter with a massive club and I want to make Arsenal champions.’
“His ambition is still there even though he has won everything in England and in Europe. Those type of signings give a lift to the whole team. He’s not just a good goalkeeper. He has experience and ambition.
“He’s not here just to sit on his back. He wants to compete, he wants to keep winning and he’s a good lad.”