Buying Cech from Chelsea was very tough, admits Arsenal boss Wenger
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits that the decision to sign Petr Cech from Chelsea was 'very tough'
Arsene Wenger admits that he had to make a “very tough” decision in opting to bring Petr Cech to Arsenal from Chelsea this summer.
The Gunners wrapped up a deal to sign the 33-year-old Czech Republic international earlier this month after the shot-stopper fell behind Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge last season.
Wenger believes that Cech will add good competition for Gunners shot-stoppers David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny following his move to Emirates Stadium.
However, the Frenchman conceded that he found it a difficult decision to sign the goalkeeper, with the duo already battling for a place in Arsenal’s starting line-up.
Wenger told Arsenal Player: “It was a very, very tough decision [to buy Cech] because I have two great goalkeepers. I think Cech can make them better as well.
“He has huge experience and the fact that he has won more big trophies can strengthen the belief of the team. That can help them to develop and that’s what I expect from him.
“You always want to improve the experience level of your squad and I thought he could help us gain something on that front.
“I still think he has a huge hunger. When I saw him with Chelsea last year he was always convincing and I’m happy that we could do it. His kind of knowledge and experience can help us.”
Goalkeeper Cech has more than 114 caps for the Czech Republic and joined Chelsea from Rennes back in 2004.
He trained with his new team-mates for the first time last week as Wenger’s men began their preparations for the forthcoming Premier League season.
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