Chelsea captain John Terry had earlier lauded the Czech stopper in the summer claiming he would save his new club 15 points this season and that was immediately complemented by several Arsenal players including Per Metersacker, Aaron Ramsey, Oliver Giroud amongst others. Their views has now been corroborated by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who was speaking during the pre-match press conference ahead of the home game with title rivals Manchester City.
Wenger said: “He has brought his experience, his calmness and his leadership as well.”
“He has been good and highly focused.” the Frenchman added.
“I don’t want to be detrimental to David Ospina because he was exceptional last year, but Petr Cech has done it all, so he is someone who gives you an aura, a charisma that is always important in the big games for the players.
“I met him before I signed him and we had a long discussion about the game and the job and his position, and I was deeply by impressed by his knowledge, by his professionalism, by his detailed knowledge. So since I have not been surprised, because I got the whole package in one go.
“You always look around you in the dressing room before a big game and you think, ‘Are we strong enough?’ And these kind of faces help you to believe it. Also in the big games, the number of shots on target shrinks. But then the one save can be the difference in the end result.” the Arsenal boss concluded.
Arsenal and Petr Cech entertain Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on Monday in what has been billed by many pundits as the battle of the top two favourites for the Premier League title. Wenger would be hoping Cech continues his impressive showing in the crucial clash with Manuel Pellegrini’s men.