The Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has admitted that some of his team-mates have been distracted by the stories surrounding Arsene Wenger’s future, whilst denying any affect on himself.
The Gunners have been majorly inconsistent this term, and are destined to miss out a place in the top-four, but could still save their season with Europa League glory.
When asked whether the reports about Arsene Wenger’s job security were affecting him and his fellow counterparts, he admitted that he was not distracted but others are.
‘I think it’s individual. As a player some people probably look around more than others,’ he told the BBC.
‘I have to say I concentrate on what I can do which is only my game, my preparation, my training every day and helping everybody else to be ready for the game when it comes.
‘Obviously all this speculation about the coach in, coach out and what’s going to happen next.
‘Once you as a player start thinking too much about it obviously it can affect your performance and that is not going to help you. So I try to avoid all these things but as I say everybody is different and some people might think too much about it.’
The retired Czech international moved onto blame his side’s travels for the bulk of his side’s issues, stating that his side have been strong at the Emirates.
‘It’s been a frustrating season for many reasons.
‘If you look at our home record in the leagues and cups we’ve been doing really well.
‘But if you look at our away record it’s made a huge difference in our season.’
The former Chelsea star added that the only way his team can get out of their rut is to concentrate on their preparation.
‘Think the key is you keep training and preparing and you try to find your way to improve.’
Will the uncertainty over Wenger ever die down? Would a Europa League triumph change anything? Has our home form been good enough?