Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech is aiming to put any emotional ties to one side as his return to Stamford Bridge edges closer ahead of what will be a crucial London derby, The Evening Standard reports.
Chelsea have lost back-to-back Premier League games for the first time under Jose Mourinho and are now 11 points off league leaders Manchester City.
We could also effectively end Chelsea’s title hopes next weekend while signifying a statement of intent that we’re ready to challenge for the Premier League.
For Cech, the focus is on exactly that.
“Obviously it will be new to play against Chelsea but when you start playing the game the only concern you have is ‘can I play my best game and can we win?'” Cech was quoted as saying in the publication.
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“In a way it is nice that I spent so much time there. That I know every corner of the stadium and the space, so for me there will be no surprises.”
Cech has kept three clean sheets in our last three Premier League games and is tantalizingly close to breaking the all-time record and needs only three more to equal David James’ tally.
Should Cech aid us in forcing Chelsea to draw a blank at Stamford Bridge, then we have a good chance of recording our first win there since 2011.
If we’re serious about winning the league this season, then inflicting more pain on Jose Mourinho must be something our squad is highly focused on achieving.