Arsene Wenger has revealed he had doubts over signing Petr Cech from Chelsea last summer.
The goalkeeper made the switch across London last summer for a fee of £10m and has impressed since moving to the Emirates.
His presence at the Gunner’s starting line up has helped fortify the Gunners back line and Wenger is grateful he signed the 33 year old goalkeeper.
Speaking to the media, Wenger said:
“I didn’t know what kind of shape he was in physically because he hadn’t played,” Wenger said. “When I met him I was quickly reassured of his desire to do well and his motivation. I didn’t know how much he could still produce physically.
“He hadn’t played and was battling a drop in physical aptitude. But I knew the potential was exceptional having played against him 11 years in the Premier League. It was a question of ‘physically, can he still do it?’”
Wenger also claimed it was hard to drop David Ospina after his superb performance for the Gunners last term
“Look, it was a very, very difficult decision for me because I highly rate Ospina,” Wenger added. “I have a high opinion of him. Ospina is a goalkeeper who, in my opinion, is underrated, especially in England.
“But (signing Cech) was maybe one of the few opportunities to say, ‘okay, this is obvious’. It was more to say, ‘if I don’t do this, it would have been a mistake I think’.”
Cech is having a superb season at Arsenal but failed to keep a clean sheet when his former side visited the Emirates last night.
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