It was probably the most difficult decision to take for Petr Cech as he left Chelsea to join their city rivals Arsenal.
Petr Cech, recently, became the record clean sheet holder in Premier League after Arsenal’s 2-0 home win against Bournemouth. He has now surpassed David James’ tally of 169 clean sheets and managed one more playing 220 matches less than his predecessor.
The veteran keeper, who had a legendary status at Stamford Bridge, lost his first team place to Thibaut Courtois last season. That’s the reason why Cech had to wait so long to reach this milestone. Else, Petr Cech has an unparalleled average of almost one clean sheet every two games.
While talking to The Daily Mirror, Cech has now revealed the reason why he left his 11 year old club Chelsea and agreed a move to bitter rivals Arsenal.
It was not an easy decision but I always wanted to go to a team which could win. – Petr Cech
The Czech International captain had a firm belief that Arsenal could win their first Premier League title this season since 2004. He cleared that he would not have made this trip to north London if he had not trusted in Wenger’s ability to finally win the League this term.
I realised it was not my time to sit on the bench, I wanted to play the games because I believed I had the qualities to play and this is where I started to make the decision to come here (Arsenal) and to play – Petr Cech
Cech has no doubt over Arsenal’s qualities and he thinks that his club can go all the way to end their Premier League drought after 11 years.
Cech knows five languages – Czech, Spanish, English, French and German. That helps him to communicate well with his team-mates and to organize the defence together.
I speak to the full-backs in Spanish, to Koscielny in French and to Per in English because for him it is the same as me. He organises people in English. Sometimes foreign players wouldn’t know what you say. That’s when you realise it’s easier to say it in their language than hoping they will understand. It can happen. – Petr Cech
The Arsenal shot-stopper have already proved his worth in this team by pulling off some breath-taking saves which might be worth 10-12 points at the end of the season. Wenger, earlier, pointed out that it’s Ozil and Cech that added charisma to the lineup. So, Petr Cech’s contribution will be as important as Mesut Ozil, if the Gunners can finally lay their hands on the much coveted trophy after a long wait.
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