Despite his unfortunate past, it would be fair to say that Petr Cech has become a firm favourite with Arsenal fans since his £10m move from Chelsea in the summer.
The 33 year old played his part in last night’s brilliant 3-0 win over Olympiacos, and afterwards provided the perfect response to what was a rather silly question in the post-match media scramble.
“Who could have seen that coming?”, he asked.
“We could,” he replied. Yes, Petr. Yes.
“We were searching for it,” he continued, “and we knew if we played our game, if we have a great team performance and great individual performances then we will have a chance, and we did say exactly that.
“The first goal was important because going 1-0 ahead, they knew that one goal would not take us through and were holding back as one goal can kill the game for them. So there was pressure from both sides and we managed to get the better side of that pressure ourselves.
“The second goal was obviously an important point in the game and we knew that we would be able to do
The Arsenal stopper had words of praise for Olivier Giroud after his goals sealed the deal and sent the Gunners through to the knock-out stages of the Champions League. He was first on the scene when Giroud hurt his ankle, but the Frenchman played through and proved crucial.
“He was saying he would be OK, he just needed a moment because he had a pain in the initial moment but we were positive he would come back.
“The second goal and the penalty is a great moment for him because he has been absolutely brilliant all season and we needed him because this was a brilliant result.”