Petr Čech has told the Czech media that he wanted to play in Arsenal’s Champions League group stage games.
The Gunners lie bottom of Group F after two fixtures, having lost to Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos with David Ospina in goal. The Colombian dropped a corner kick over his own line in the Olympiacos game, but Arsène Wenger has defended his decision to play him.
Speaking candidly while on international duty, Čech has admitted he wanted to play in both matches.
“Twice Wenger decided to do that (to pick Ospina), I have to respect that,” the goalkeeper, who signed for Arsenal in the summer, has admitted. “In such a long season it is not possible for someone to play every time. Although I obviously wanted to play.”
The Czech international went on to excuse his team-mates error.
“Errors belong to football. One must go on, can’t cry that something went wrong. David is an excellent goalkeeper with plenty of experience.”
It must be frustrating for Čech, who joined Arsenal after a lack of first-team football at Chelsea last season. Though he has started every Premier League game, he must want to play as much as possible.
Arsenal have two crucial games against Bayern Munich coming up and, frankly, Wenger would be mad to leave the goalkeeper out again.