Petr Cech believes that he and Danny Welbeck must use their experience of winning the Premier League with other teams to win it with Arsenal.
Cech and Welbz are the only current Arsenal players to have won the Premier League and even then that was with Chelsea and Manchester United respectively. Therefore, Cech believes that the two must use their experience to help the Gunners reach glory again.
“On arriving at the club, I said to myself, ‘Okay, Arsenal have not won the Premier League in 10 years but I want to be the one who helps them win the title’,” Cech told French outlet, So Foot [via Evening Standard].
“I did not see myself leaving the league which is, in my opinion, the best in the world, and I also wanted to continue fighting for the title. The concern is that we did not have a victor’s mentality.
“Chelsea had a simple advantage: on the past ten years, the club has gained more than fifteen titles. The first reason for this, from one year to the next, is that changes in the staff have not been very drastic.
“Come the end of the season, there was always a title, be it the Premier League, an FA Cup, a Champions League or something else. Arsenal have not won anything, beyond the victories in FA Cup, since 2004.
“If you look carefully, there are few who has won the Premier League … There’s Danny Welbeck and me. We have to learn together, we must find this path towards victory.
“My dream today would be to win as much with Arsenal as with Chelsea but I do not think I have ten years left me for that.”
Cech won the Premiership four times at Chelsea, the Champions League and the Europa League. Meanwhile, Welbz won the title once at United.
The key difference is, however, that while Cech was a huge part of Chelsea’s squad for a decade, during United’s title-winning season (2012/13), Welbz only made 13 Premiership starts.
Arsenal’s #1 goalkeeper is a leader, despite not being the best shot-stopper anymore. However, there’s only so much he can do from between the sticks and it’s concerning that we don’t have more of his type at the club.
While Per Mertesacker is supposed to be captain, his injury and subsequent surgery last summer means that he’s not been a consistent figure for others to look to, and while Laurent Koscielny is a good cente-back, he openly admits that he’s not one to bark orders.
As Cech says, they all need to learn together but that’s easier said than done when no one appears to even speak to each other.