There were a few notable things from Sunday’s Community Shield victory.
One was that Arsenal looked calm and composed with giant Petr Čech in goal against former club Chelsea. The experienced goalkeeper had little to do but did his job well and Arsenal fans had the rare enjoyment of a big game without a goalkeeper causing heart palpitations.
Another thing was the disdain that José Mourinho and Arsène Wenger share for one another.
However, Čech has said the two managers aren’t dissimilar on every level, even if they don’t ever see eye-to-eye.
“The one thing that is similar is that neither of them wants to lose any game,” Čech said to Match of the Day Magazine.
The 33 year-old played for Mourinho in over five different season across the Portuguese’s two spells in London, but has only been at Arsenal for a month.
“It’s very easy for me to speak about José but difficult to speak about Mr. Wenger because I haven’t had many opportunities to work with him yet, but I should say that I was very impressed when I met him for the first time.”
The Czech international was signed for £11M this summer and may well be the final piece of Wenger’s team as Arsenal prepare to mount a title challenge.
Wenger has been known for signing French players and Čech will have no issue communicating with the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy in his defence, having spent two seasons in France with Rennes before his move to London.
“I can (speak to Wenger in French), yes! I speak five languages which actually makes it easier when you join a new team,” said the goalkeeper.
“You can settle much quicker because you can help team-mates much faster and better.
“People need to be careful around me, though – I can understand everything.”
So, no bad mouthing Petr behind his back, ok? Not that anyone would. The new Arsenal man seems a genuinely thoughtful and humble guy. Look through his Twitter feed and you’ll see him replying to fans, retweeting the success of Czech football and ice hockey clubs and posting YouTube videos of him drumming in his spare time.
He won everything at Chelsea, but there’s no reason he can’t do the same in north London. Arsenal may just get the best of Petr Čech.