Petr Cech is keen to prove to Chelsea he is still the best

A little later today should mark the Arsenal debut of our new keeper Petr Cech, as I am fairly sure that Arsene Wenger will hand his only major signing of the summer transfer window so far the role of first choice in the Gunners starting line up.

The boss will want to get his new player settled in as much as possible before we take on Cech´s former club Chelsea in the Community Shield and I am sure that the 33-year old will be keen to impress and prove to his former team mates and employers, as well as the rest of the football world, that there is still a lot to come from him.

I have really enjoyed seeing some of the comments from Chelsea fans on various websites, as many of them seem to think that Cech is a player on the wane and Jose Mourinho has played a blinder in fobbing him off on an unsuspecting rival. Yeah right.

Mikel Arteta got it right yesterday as he explained in a report on the Arsenal website that Cech´s hunger for success is as sharp as ever and that it would have been easy for the keeper to go elsewhere. But he knows that the pressure is on the Gunners to win the title and that his own performances will be heavily scrutinised by the media.

Arteta said, “When you get to know Petr, [the title challenge] is even more serious because of his ambition. Even though he has won everything in England and probably in Europe, he is still ambitious. Those types of signings give the team a lift.

“The decision he made to come here after being a legend at Chelsea is not easy. I don’t think many of them would do it at his age, and he is still hungry, he wants to prove himself at the top level and I think it is a really good decision for us.

“He could have gone to another league and thought, ‘My name is in England forever with Chelsea and it’s only going to be with Chelsea’. He knows he’s going to get some criticism coming here and that the pressure is going to be on him a lot but he just wants to take it. He says, ‘Okay I’ve got another chapter, and challenge and a chance to make Arsenal champions’.

“I have no doubt [he will cope well with the criticism],” added Arteta. “He is very cool, he’s been training really well and that’s what he’s here for. He’s not here just to sit on his back, he wants to compete and he wants to keep winning.”

Cech may have fond memories of his time with Chelsea but I bet he is dying to beat them to the title next season and to beat Courtois to the Golden Glove award at the same time, shutting up those ignorant Chelsea fans who claim he is past it at the same time. Do you really believe he will rest on his laurels at Arsenal?

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  1. Hafiz Rahman says:

    signing a goalie alone will not win titles…considering other rivals are strengthening as well…

    if we fail to strengthen then its 4th and below again…..past history speaks for itself..

  2. davidnz says:

    All the best Petr.

    1. napersie says:

      at least gonna have the chance of watching my gooners for the first time in some months… running the rule over Akpom and Zelalem…

      1. napersie says:

        “I don’t have a precise target [for the new season] but I always want to improve, so I want to score more goals than last year. It would be nice to score at least 15 or 20 goals. My best record is 16 in the Premier League and I want to beat that.” – Oliver Giroud
        oh oh OLIVER, we need a 25-30 goals striker.

  3. Greg says:

    And that he shall! Coyg!

  4. Uzi Ozil says:

    OFF TOPIC: William Calvalho of Lisbon Out for three months…..He used to be our target. Nice lad with huge potentials. Doubt we will get Him now with this blow…Anyway, wishing Him quick recovery..

    All the best Cech, We are right behind You as we love our players….

  5. SoOpa AeoN says:

    There really is no News coming outta Arsenal Fc….. Only old stuffs covered in dust #15days running#

  6. truegunner12 says:

    Wegner has come out and said he feels the squad is capable currently of winning the title. I don’t want to misquote anyone but the jist of it is that if a player can improve the squad he’s open but the priority is to keep everyone fit.

    Personally folks how do you think Arsenal stack up to the following starting 11s.

    Rooney, Di Maria, Depay, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Mata, Smallings, Jones, Shaw, Darmian, De Gea
    Subs – Blind, Valdez, Carrick, Herrera, Fellaini
    Possible addition: Lewandowski, Otamendi

    Costa, Hazard, Oscar, Willian, Fabregas, Matic, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Ivanovic
    Subs – Luis, Ramires, Begovic, Remy, Falcao
    Possible addition: Aranguiz, Pedro

    Giroud, Sanchez, Walcott, Ozil, Cazorla, Coquelin, Bellerin, Koscielny, Per, Monreal, Cech
    Subs: Debuchy, Gabriel, Ox, Welbeck, Ramsey, Wilshere
    Possible addition: no one we’re linked with at the moment, assume similar squad

    1. invisible says:

      Technically – yes, physically – No
      We do need 2 more addition, CF n CDM

  7. Rationalist says:

    I think maybe the admins at Just Arsenal ought to accept that maybe article output should tail off a little bit until something actually happens. We’ve got articles sneering at Pedro now the wind has changed and the rumour mill suggests (quite possibly incorrectly at this stage) that he is joining Chelski, and now we’ve got articles about Chelski fans’ rants on the internet. Because nobody ever did post uneducated BS on the internet! 😀

    He’s a top keeper and I’m really glad we signed him. I really hope he shines brighter than all the others this season. I think that just about covers sentiments regarding Big Petr at this stage.

  8. Pearson K says:

    What’s the whole point of having a good goal keeper when we can’t score on the other end. We need goal. COYG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. skillful gooner says:

    I believe cech will prove chelski fans wrong. My only problem is the attack not actually DM.

  10. Foxtrot says:

    I think if we bid, we can get goetze or lewy.

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