Petr Čech’s class is undeniable. At 33 years of age, the goalkeeper is showing no signs of letting up.
Early form – a nightmare Premier League debut aside – has shown that age isn’t a factor for the former Chelsea goalkeeper, who could yet go on to be one of Arsenal’s finest ever players between the posts.
Arsenal legend David Seaman is someone for Čech to look up to. The Englishman won the FA Cup in his last ever Arsenal game, at the age of 39. A year earlier he won the double. Now Čech has to look ahead, and is looking back at Seaman for inspiration.
“His personality [made him special],” Čech, who is currently on international duty, told Arsenal Player. “When you saw him playing, he was not a goalkeeper who looks spectacular or flies right and left in the goal.
“He’s not all over the place, he was just someone who was calm and made important saves at important times.”
When Čech was just 14, Seaman was England number one as this country hosted the European Championships.
Čech’s country went on the reach the final, but Seaman’s performances (and – probably – that outlandish kit) left an impression on the youngster.
“I first really noticed him during Euro 96 here in England because the Czech Republic were doing well and progressing.
“In the end Czech Republic played in the final against Germany and as the tournament went on there was a lot of excitement from the England supporters and everybody was saying, ‘This is the team who can finally win the European Championship’.
“It started with David Seaman and if you go through the ranks they had some brilliant players.”
33 but still young, Petr Čech could emulate David Seaman as the next great Arsenal goalkeeper.