Arsene Wenger says that Petr Cech’s experience could be crucial ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge, and that he hasn’t had to do anything special to focus the former Chelsea keeper for this game.
Having spent 11 years at Chelsea, the 33 year old moved to North London this summer for £11m, and while it can sometimes be difficult to return to a former club, Wenger is not envisaging any problems for his number one.
“It is always difficult to go back to your club and play but fortunately he has handled that this season,” he said.
“That is why I decided to play him as well in the Community Shield. It is the first step that is important and he has dealt very well with it. I just want him to focus on this game and not be influenced by that. You can’t go there and wonder if you’re standing in the right goal or not.
“He is so experienced that I don’t need to talk to him about that. Our individual performances will be more important than what he knows. There is no massive secret in that.”
And the manager was backed to Mikel Arteta who said Cech’s experience is a boost for the entire squad.
“The advice he gives and the way he treats himself is great,” said the Arsenal captain. “He has won everything and he is someone who wants to be the first one to each exercise.
“When he talks, he says something that is relevant to the other players and not just himself. He is just an example – if he is doing it the rest will have to do it because we have not been as successful as him.”
A Cech clean sheet tomorrow would be very welcome indeed. It might not mean we win the game, but it’ll ensure we come away from it with something.