Arsene Wenger has backed Petr Cech to match the achievements of former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar – following his summer move from Chelsea to Arsenal.
The similarities between Cech and the now retired Dutchman are clear to see. The former Ajax, Juventus and Fulham star only moved to Old Trafford in 2005, aged 34, but still managed to win four Premier League titles and the Champions League during his six years at the club.
Our manager hopes that Cech, who only turned 33 in May, can have a similar impact here in North London. Having won 15 major honours during his time at Stamford Bridge, the Czech international knows exactly what it takes to inspire a Premier League title winning campaign, and Wenger has every confidence that his new player could be lifting the famous trophy for a fifth time in the near future.
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In quotes taken by the Daily Mirror, the boss said: “His move is a bit like Van der Sar. He went from Fulham to Man United but still had five or six years at Manchester United so I don’t see why he shouldn’t have a few more years.
“He’s very serious, he trains well, has no big problems. He has an intimidating presence, that is for sure. He makes the goals look small. That’s the kind of charisma he has. He is a big size.
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“He has a good combination between quality, agility, size, he looked like he was built for English football. I think he is a very bright goalkeeper as well.”
The goalkeeping position has been one of the weak points in our team for some time, arguably since the departure of Jens Lehmann back in 2008. Out last two title winning keepers – Lehmann and David Seaman – have both been vastly experienced, so who’s to say that Cech can’t join that elite group in 2016?