Arsenal keeper Cech reveals inspiration for impressive career

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has revealed the players who he tried to base his playing style on, and both played some of their best years at Manchester United.

The former Chelsea shot-stopper will go down as a legend of the Premier League era, having set the record for fastest 100 clean sheets, taking just 180 outings to achieve that, and currently holds the record for most clean sheets in the Premier League era also.

Cech has now revealed his inspiration for his style, and names United legend Peter Schmeichel as the first, followed by Edwin Van Der Sar.

Petr Cech said: “Peter Schmeichel, because you could see his huge presence in the Man United goal and then I think as well that at that time he had a different approach to any other goalkeeper,” Cech told the official Arsenal website.

“Everybody else played on the line and he was more advanced.

“He was more aggressive in his positioning, cutting down the angles, and he was not afraid to take more risks.

“So I think that was something you look up at and you think about. His presence and influence in the box was big.”

“Then there’s Edwin van der Sar,” the fomer Chelsea star continued.

“When he started playing for Ajax, suddenly they used him as a defender when they needed to keep possession.

“When there were difficult moments they just passed it back to him and he played.

“That was the first team you saw at that time really using the goalkeeper as a member of the team to play, not only to play a goal-kick and be there to save the ball.”

Was Van Der Sar really the first to play as a sweeper keeper? Are these two the top goalkeepers in recent history?

Pat J

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9 Comments

  1. Guneal says:

    Those two were key to manu achievements. Add De gea to that list and you won’t be far wrong.

    I was actually expecting Petr to go sentimental and mention names like Seaman, Lehman, Alumnia like most of these deluded fans would’ve,

    1. Ackshay says:

      Hey almunia was always worldclass when we played Messi, it was very weird but he would play like de gea like that 2-2 draw where we should have been at least 4-0 down in the first 15 mins.
      He had a concentration issue as he would normally mess up against small teams and play very well against big teams.

  2. Sue says:

    Cech, please be inspired tomorrow night!!!

  3. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Hopefully he can be inspired to stop making silly mistakes all the time.

  4. Sorry to go off topic but The Mirror is reporting Sanchez has agreed with Man city to join them in the summer for a massive wage of 400k per week as he will be joining them on a free transfer. As he will, therefore, be staying this January I think Wenger should bench him and give the chance to more deserving players.

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Or Wenger could try offering him £400,001 per week

  5. J c walker says:

    Can you imagine City paying him 400000 a week to sit on the bench. He won’t be an automatic choice, so maybe a 1 year contract. They don’t need him.

    1. Ackshay says:

      Let him go to city his greedy and petulant attitude might end up blowing them from the inside. Pep like to rotate his strong attack and alexis hates being removed, pep likes discipline not alexis. Plus his salary will have other pushing for more wages putting a strain in pep plan to accumulate the best players like he did at bayern

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