Petr Cech says the arrival of Bernd Leno, as well as the competition provided by Arsenal’s other keepers, makes him more determined than ever to retain his status as the club’s first choice stopper.
The 35-year-old was recently linked with a return to former club Chelsea, but he insists that he wants to see out his contract at the Emirates, unless the club tell him otherwise.
Cech replaced new signing Bernd Leno at half-time of yesterday’s friendly defeat to Atletico Madrid. The veteran made a fine stop with the scores at 1-1 and saved a penalty in the shootout when the friendly finished 1-1, however, he couldn’t prevent his team falling to a 3-1 loss.
“At the start I said I want to fight for my place in this team, I will honour my contract unless the club tells me to go,” Cech told Sky Sports at an event to launch Arsenal’s new Puma third kit for the season.
“I’m performing every day, I’m trying to training hard and [to be] ready when my opportunities come.
“Obviously, I want to show the manager that I can be the starting goalkeeper.
“All the goalkeepers in our club do the same, all the players in their position do the same and it’s great for the team.”
Quizzed on how Leno, who signed for £22.5 million from Bayer Leverkusen, is settling in, he added: “As a new player you need to find a way to adapt to the team, there are so many things that might be new for a new player, including Bernd.
“He’s been working really hard and really well in every training session.
“That’s the only thing as a new player that you can do. I’m sure he has the same ambition as I have, and then we need to see what will be the outcome.”
Arsenal are expected to offload at least one of their first team keepers in the coming week with David Ospina and Emiliano Martinez the most obvious candidates.