Wenger: Perfectionist Pete is my lovely horse

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Arsene Wenger says that Petr Cech is fitter than ever, and suggests he could emulate Edwin van der Sar by playing until he reaches 40.

The former Czech international has been in impressive form lately, and has kept seven clean sheets so far this season.

He’s impressed the manager with his physical preparation and weight loss which Wenger says is significant.

“I think he is fitter than ever,” said the boss. “He puts a lot of attention into the preparation. He is slimmer than before. I think he benefits from that.

“He has lost some weight. Not too much, two, three kilos only. But it’s a lot if you want to make a horse lose a race, you put a jockey with one or two kilos more on the back, and the horse is quite big.“

“He looks after his whole lifestyle because he feels better and because he wants to be at the best.

“Petr Cech is a perfectionist, and you don’t make a career he has made if you have not that obsession, always to be at your best.”

And when making a comparison to a former great, Wenger cited van der Sar who played until he was 40 with Manchester United. Asked if Cech could replicate that, he said, “I don’t rule it out, but that will only be down to the performances.”

Let’s hope it’s another clean sheet tonight, and Arsenal fans can shower him in sugar lumps.

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