Arsene Wenger: Arsenal didn’t fight with Chelsea over Petr Cech
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Petr Cech has already emerged as a leader for the Gunner on the pitch
Arsene Wenger says he didn’t have to fight with Chelsea over the signing of Petr Cech in the summer.
The Czech Republic international completed a controversial £11m move to the north London side from the defending Premier League champions in July.
He has given us all his experience and his leadership because he is a leader on the pitch
The 33-year-old shot stopper has already become a key part of the Arsenal side since his move to The Emirates, conceding just eight goals in 11 games.
And Arsenal manager Wenger believes Cech has already become a leader on the pitch for the Gunners following his summer switch across London.
“I met Petr and he told me he could be available for that money and I said: ‘For that money, I’ll do it, so you do the job,’ Wenger told reporters. “I had no fight with Chelsea, honestly.
“He had an agreement with his chairman that he could go for a certain price anywhere. We managed to get him here and we are happy with it.
“He has given us all his experience and his leadership because he is a leader on the pitch.
“He talks, is brilliant intellectually, he can analyse and is highly focused. He is the perfect goalkeeper.”
Cech is expected to start his first London derby at The Emirates on Sunday after his summer move to Arsenal.
The Czech shot stopper has started all 11 of Arsenal’s games in the Premier League this term.
Arsenal are level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City after their 2-1 victory over Everton last weekend.