Petr Cech says he’s impressed by how organised Arsenal’s new coaching staff have been since they arrived at the club this summer.
In addition to the headline-grabbing arrival of new head coach Unai Emery, there have also been new faces in other important positions at London Colney.
The Spaniard has brought with him a new assistant head coach, Juan Carlos Carcedo to work alongside Steve Bould and a new first team coach, Pablo Villanueva. Julen Masach leads the strength and conditioning team, while our keepers also have a new man to report to – Javi Garcia.
Asked about the changes, Cech reflected: “Overall it’s similar to what we’re used to but the way we work is different.
“Every manager is different. So far we’ve been doing very well and hopefully it shows when the season starts. The work we’ve done since the beginning of July has been good.
He added: “What’s impressive is his setup of his coaching staff. They work really well and you can see how well organized and professional they are.
“Since day one, everything is running smoothly on the highest level. We haven’t had any injured players yet so this has been a good positive.”
The next step for the squad is to turn good vibes on the training pitch into results and ideally a return to the top four.
Asked about his ambitions for the year ahead, Cech continued: “It’s a new year after a big change so it might take some time. The intention is to do as best as possible.
“The target is to finish at least in the top 4 where the club belongs and we should be in the Champions League. If we can win the league, we’d obviously love to do that.”
Obviously, after the ructions of separating from a manager who had been at the club for 22 years, it’ll take some time for the dust to settle. That said, Cech – who faces competition for the number 1 spot – doesn’t feel that Arsenal will suffer post-Wenger in the same way Manchester United have done since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.
“When you have big changes it’s always a challenge for everybody. It depends on how you work and how you make the changes happen.
“So far it’s been a positive pre-season. The work we’ve put in is of the highest quality.”
He added: “When you have a team built with different players who came from different environments, you are used to doing things differently with every manager whom you start working with.
“It’s nothing new for most of the squad but it might be different for players who have been at Arsenal for long period of time. In modern football, that’s the way it goes. The managers usually change quite quickly and Arsene has been an unbelievable exception.”