Arteta - Cech is ambitious and hungry

Mikel Arteta says Petr Cech is determined to win even more trophies with Arsenal.

The Czech Republic goalkeeper won 13 major honours during an 11-year spell with Chelsea, before he joined the Gunners this summer.

Despite his new team-mate’s impressive trophy haul at Stamford Bridge, Arteta revealed that Cech is still hungry for more.

“When you get to know Petr, [the title challenge] is even more serious because of his ambition,” the captain told Arsenal Player. “Even though he has won everything in England and probably in Europe, he is still ambitious. Those types of signings give the team a lift.

“The decision he made to come here after being a legend at Chelsea is not easy. I don’t think many of them would do it at his age, and he is still hungry, he wants to prove himself at the top level and I think it is a really good decision for us.


“He could have gone to another league and thought, ‘My name is in England forever with Chelsea and it’s only going to be with Chelsea’. He knows he’s going to get some criticism coming here and that the pressure is going to be on him a lot but he just wants to take it. He says, ‘Okay I’ve got another chapter, and challenge and a chance to make Arsenal champions’.

“I have no doubt [he will cope well with the criticism],” added Arteta. “He is very cool, he’s been training really well and that’s what he’s here for. He’s not here just to sit on his back, he wants to compete and he wants to keep winning.”


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