Listen up! Petr Cech opens up and sends big warning to new Arsenal signing Bern Leno
Arsenal star Petr Cech has warned new signing Bernd Leno that he will not give up his number one position without a fight next season.
Gunners boss Unai Emery done some great business by signing 26-year old Leno for just £16 million earlier in the transfer window, as reports suggested he was ready to replace the ageing Cech.
Despite keeping his 200 Premier League sheet last season, the big Czech star looked nothing like the stopper that made him one of the best in world football at Chelsea, as age has started to catch up.
However, he has come out fighting and has warned Leno that he will not walk straight into the first team, as Cech has plans to continue being the Gunners first choice stopper next season.
“I said from the start I want to stay and fight for my place in the team and I will honour my contract, unless the club tells me to go,” Cech told Sky Sports News.
“I am performing hard and training hard every day to be ready and be ready for when my opportunity comes.
“I want to show the manager I can be the starting goalkeeper and all the players do the same and I think it’s great for the team
Despite being surplus-to-requirements at Bayer Leverkusen this transfer window, he is still regarded as one of the best young stoppers in the Bundesliga and many believe the Gunners have landed a real bargain.
But Cech is a fighter and as Leno adjusts to life in the Premier League, an experienced head in the early stages under Emery will be pivotal to the Spaniards success.
Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman also believes Leno will face fierce competition from the 36-year-old, as the experience of Cech will give him the number one spot.
“He [Cech] has still got great qualities and it isn’t like he has had a bad season or anything, he still produced,” Seaman said on the Sky Sports website.
“Obviously he is getting older but your game adapts, that is what I found, you might not be as sharp as what you used to be but your experience gets you into the right positions.”