Petr Cech says he’s really pleased with the way Arsenal’s pre-season preparations have panned out over the last week.
The Gunners tour of Singapore ended with silverware as they overcame Everton 3-1 in the final of the Asia Trophy but it’s the way the squad have worked on the training ground that has impressed the summer signing.
Speaking to the club’s official website Cech, who made his Arsenal debut yesterday, noted:
“The main importance was to get fit and to play well, to get ready for the Premier League and the early competitions. It was the first game for me and the first game for some other lads, but I really enjoyed the team effort we put in and in the end we had a very good game.
“I’m very pleased because the first game is very important and I obviously wanted to have a successful debut. I’m happy – my first game and my first trophy. If it can continue like this I will be delighted.”
“It’s been a great week because we’ve been working hard,” added Cech. “We had two very positive games, and we can go back home to London happy and glad with what we achieved here. The main target was to get fit and it’s important that even when you are tired you win games.
“Everything has been great but [the most memorable moment was] probably my debut. When you play your first game, everybody has a big expectation and you win a game, [so] it is something to always remember.”
Jack Wilshere was similarly ebullient about the fitness of his team mates as goals from Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil sealed the win over the Toffees.
Playing up the individual conditioning programme prepared by Arsenal’s fitness team, the England midfielder says he’s closing in on peak fitness.
“I thought we looked really fit today, as we did against the Singapore Select XI,” he noted.
“It was a different test – Everton started well. They liked to keep the ball, so we didn’t really want to give the ball away and, if we did, we wanted to win it back straight away.
“We did that brilliantly. They started to tire in the second half and our fitness levels really showed through.
“I’m feeling good. I’ve been back in training for two weeks now. I’ve played two games and there are another two games coming up next weekend after another tough week of training, so I’m feeling good.
“I think you feel better day by day. The fitness staff here are really good. They make the sessions individualised, so they know what you need in your position.
“Each session gets harder and harder. I’m feeling better and better and hopefully that can continue.”
Having returned to London Arsenal’s players will be given a couple of days before they get ready for the visit of Lyon and Wolfsburg in this weekend’s Emirates Cup. After that it’s Chelsea in the Community Shield and then the big kick-off against West Ham.