by Nia Griffiths
New goalkeeper, Petr Cech, has spoken about his former Chelsea teammate, John Terry, claiming that the defender knows what he can offer when he faces the Blues.
The first time Cech will come face-to-face with the team he spent 11 years at is on the second of August when Arsenal face them in the Community Shield at Wembley, and the 33-year-old has made it clear that his opposition know exactly what he’s capable of.
“John’s known me a long time so he knows what I can offer,” he said. “I will try to do my best, and if I can help in every game I’ll be happy to do so. The only thing you can do as a player is to do your best, and to try and persuade your boss that you should be in the team. It’s up to him to decide who he wants to play.”
The Czech international also compared the stability that Arsenal has experienced in terms of only having one manager for almost 20 years, in contrast to Chelsea, which has had 14 since Wenger joined.
In previous years, Cech has spoken about stability v trophies, and made the point that fans would prefer trophies. However, now he’s understandably changed his tune slightly, saying, “Stability is generally a much better solution, but it’s hard to achieve. Arsenal are very lucky to have had a manager with such qualities for such a long time. It depends on how much success you’re having.
He continued, “If you take the situations at Manchester United and Arsenal with Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger they were very successful because of two great managers.”
Even still, he claims, “At Chelsea unfortunately there were changes all the time, but we were still winning trophies all the time. It’s hard to say which way is better. If you look at what Chelsea have won over the last 11 years you can’t really argue with what they’ve done.”
A win against Chelsea in the Community Shield, similarly to when we beat Manchester City last year, will be a huge statement of intent come the beginning of the season.