By Connor Armstrong
He may have only joined the club in 2015 - but Petr Cech is acutely aware of the impact Arsene Wenger has had in N5.
Speaking to the written press after the 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough, the Czech Republic goalkeeper revealed his respect for Wenger’s legacy and his continuing influence at Arsenal.
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"He has changed the club and had a huge impact on the history of this club and he keeps doing so," Cech said.
"It’s unlike anywhere else, you can see it was Sir Alex Ferguson [at Manchester United] and him with the continuity. They have had such a long time with the quality of the work at one of the top clubs in the world, so it takes credit itself because you don’t see many managers who have done so."
Saturday’s draw against newly-promoted Boro may have been a blot on Wenger’s 67th birthday, but Cech remains positive after a run of 12 games unbeaten saw the club move to the Premier League summit.
"We are disappointed more that Tottenham dropped points and we wanted to open the gap even more, and there are big games tomorrow as well," he said.
"Some teams are going to drop points, so we wanted to take advantage of that but it wasn’t to be. But there is a long way to go, I think that we are in a good position and we are in a good shape as well."
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