One of the main reasons for Arsene Wenger bringing the Czech Republic international keeper Petr Cech to Arsenal from Chelsea last summer was the vast experience of the 33-year old. Not just the vast top level experience that came from earning well over 100 international caps, playing in almost 100 Champions Le4ague games and 300 Premier League games either, but the experience and knowledge of what it takes to win a trophy, as Cech arrived at the Emirates with 15 winners medals at club level.
He also helped his country to win the under 21 European championships back in 2002, being voted the Golden Player of the tournament to boot, and it is that sort of experience that the Czech’s need from the Arsenal number one tonight, as they are precariously placed in third position, with Spain and Croatia above them in group D.
They have also lost the services of the former Arsenal midfield maestro Tomas Rosicky due to injury, something we Gooners are all too familiar with. So Cech has been rallying the spirits of his team mates and showing his leadership skills ahead of their crunch match with Turky this evening, insisting that they have the tools to cope without Rosicky, as reported by Sky Sports, and calling for a real team performance to see them into the next round.
Cech declared, “Obviously Tomas is a big loss, he is one of our key players, but the other players will have to step up.
“Our biggest strength is the team play, we don’t have big stars, but our togetherness and spirit is our biggest strength, so as a team we will have to make up for his loss and now other players will have a chance to show they can
Their opponents have been pretty poor so far and if they can beat them and if Spain beat Croatia as expected, the Arsenal stopper’s team could well finish in second spot, so good luck Cech, we hope you do it!