Cech: I’ll honour contract and fight for starting place

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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.

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Pedant
Pedant

Like the competition, hope it makes them all improve.

D ceee
D ceee

Me too. I feel like Cech has needed this push. May the best guy win

SizC
SizC

I’ve been inspired by Cech! I called EE and said that I will honor my contract.

Chidi
Chidi

Can already see some positive changes in cech. Be that as it may, I do hope the back line and the team in general provide the goalies with more protection

Reidar Strand Hagen
Reidar Strand Hagen

Swap him for Giroud!

Martin
Martin

Yes let’s swap a fine keeper for an inconsistent striker when we have 2 who are much better. Great idea.

Hantal
Hantal

He’s an inconsistent goal scorer, not an inconsistent striker- and no goals isnt the be all and end all for all strikers

Vijaya Raghavan
Vijaya Raghavan

I agree Cech made some errors last season but he kept the score respectable in a lot of games. I feel confident when Cech is in goal .

David C
David C

I’ve always enjoyed listening to Cech over the years. I think he’d make a great coach, at least a goalie coach.

Competition is great for the team! Can’t see what’s taking us so long to sell Ooooospina to a Turkish club.

Olivije Žirod
Olivije Žirod

I know he didn’t have the best of a season last year but he wasn’t as bad as many say. He saved us a lot of times and even when he made mistakes it was mostly because he wanted to fix someone’s other mistake. I hope he will get a new contract.

Goonerink

This makes me a little paranoid about Leno.
Cech could see tibault was a world class keeper whom he could not usurp at Chelsea. Does he think that Leno is not?

Spanish Gooner
Spanish Gooner

I don’t think it’s that and I’m sure if the offer from arsenal hadn’t come in there is a good chance he would have stayed. He didn’t have to move house and added an extra 3 years onto his contract for the same money which is the best a 35 year old footballer can hope for. I’m sure if Chelsea come in with a good offer he would be happy to go back, but he can’t say that to the press before the offer arrives can he?

Hantal
Hantal

He stayed at Chelsea when courtois became number one, it was only when a first team opportunity was offered down the road that he left

Con
Con

I wouldn’t write him off just yet

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

So he’s off then.

David Hillier's luggage
David Hillier's luggage

Wouldn’t be surprised if he’s our first choice keeper come March and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s captain until Kos comes back either. I know there’s a clamour for Ramsey to be skipper with fans, which I’m not against, but Cech is the only person at the club who actually speaks like a captain and seems to have the total respect of all the players.

santori
santori

There’s nothing to suggest Leno deserves first spot at the moment.

That said, we should of course be grooming the younger man and he has a shot at Germany number One should he perform so plenty of incentive.

Cech OTOH is still outstanding so its good competition between the veteran and the rookie.

Lets not forget though Martinez or Macey may also challenge should Leno fail to deliver.

Hantal
Hantal

Don’t agree cech is still outstanding, he’s still solid but definitely not what he was

Paul
Paul

I think the club should put a statement out about who is going to be the number one keeper. This has nothing to do with my fantasy team honest! 🙂

Paul
Paul

Tough crowd!

santori
santori

Thus far our market moves this season have been average.

Plus point is we got most in ahead of deadline which affords us time to bed them in.

BUT it isn’t like Wenger did not get players in early as well. He just happened to have to wait on certain deals like Ozil which concluded late bc of gymnastics being performed by other teams (Spurts and Bale)It created the false narrative that we always panic buy late, a simplistic and facile image lapped up by the gullible and created by media.

Podolski for example as we remember was signed ahead of transfer window and Alexis was not exactly signed on deadline day.

That said, some of the players Wenger had to wait on were of higher quality than what we have brought in this summer.

Torreira aside, most of the players we have brought in do not face competition for signature as much which is why we could cross the line early with them.

As mentioned that brings some benefit but whether we have bought the best we can is questionable.

Mslintat as per usual plumbs for old contacts at Dortmund and yet again has bought an old asset, this time a player past his best and who looks decidedly slow for the PL.

Guendouzi is a prospect but are we really better in midfield without Torreira should the Uruguayan receive a knock?

Leno is an OK keeper with some potential.

Lichsteiner is a back up I feel is somewhat unnecessary given AMN. Hopefully he will give the cover we need but at 34yrs, he isn’t the same Swiss express many believe him to be.

There hasn’t been an exceptional signing this season thus far. None of these players would be someone any of the top 4 or top teams in Europe would say they would have to have (bar as mentioned maybe Torreira)

The team lacks quality at the moment, that X factor that Alexis gave us.

Fans prefer to delude themselves of course otherwise. BUT if you ask a neutral, they would tell you our squad quality has gone down.

That said, Emery’s main task (besides having to work with the scraps Mslintat feeds him) would be to improve on existing organically.

It is there I feel that we may see some better development but this takes time and thus far I have not seen anything to suggest we have made significant improvement tactically or individually.

The one player I do feel that may give us an X factor this season (Bar any late additions) may be Nelson.

Bendtner’s ego
Bendtner’s ego

-1 for lack of brevity.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

-2 for lack of brevity disguising the lack of sense.

Goonerest Gooner
Goonerest Gooner

-3 for me for lack of knowing what “brevity” means

Martin
Martin

You’ve made several points which I disagree with. AMN has never looked comfortable at full back and therefore it is good to have Lichtsteiner as a backup to Bellerin plus he could give him good advice. I believe that Torreira is an exceptional signing from what I saw of him at the World Cup and he will free up Xhaka to play in his natural position as a deep lying midfielder. We have a raw but exciting talent in Guendouzi and a crop of youngsters who have shown great promise. There is plenty of firepower up front and therefore I feel confident thus will be a much improved season.

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

So Auba isn’t a game winner enough for you ?

Anthony
Anthony

I think our summer signing have been solid in fairness.

Nice to see us bringing in players in areas that have been short in.

Back up for Bellerin, while still retaining a young prospect in AMN, who is still far from convincing at RB is a good move, so I welcome the addition of Lichsteiner.

Leno comes in to provide competition, at his age and experience we have probably recruited a player that’s Ian better than what we have without spending over the odds.

looks good, am excited to see what he brings to the team.

Sure, none of these are mega stars, but that’s not really what we do, there have been a few exceptions, but generally we’re still operating in the sameness manner as we did previously.

Hopefully the players are getting behind Unai and we have a successful first season with him at the helm. That doesn’t necessarily mean ‘win all the things’ but if we can improve on last season in the league and have a good run in the cups I’ll be happy.

Pat Rice and Beans
Pat Rice and Beans

I’d sell both Martinez and Ospina. Arsenal has good options in the youth teams to be the 3rd gk.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

The question is can we sell Ospina? We tried last summer & couldn’t

allezkev
allezkev

His salary might be an issue?

Insider9
Insider9

Cech saved a penalty. Seems the competition is already working.