Theo Walcott says that the Premier League experience of Petr Cech is being felt in the Arsenal dressing room as Arsene Wenger’s team seek their first title since 2004.
The Czech international was the goalkeeper for three of Chelsea’s four recent league wins (playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois last season), and Walcott has revealed he’s using that knowledge to keep spirits high.
The 0-0 draw with Stoke may have been vaguely disappointing, especially after the draw at Anfield, but Cech told his teammates to look at it as a positive result.
“The mental strength in our dressing room is the strongest it has ever been,” he told the Evening Standard.
“When you have the likes of Petr Cech coming in as well, he only enhances that. He has lifted everybody’s heads up, saying this is a very good point and that nobody tends to win here.
“There were mixed emotions in the dressing room, I’m not going to lie, but we just have to look at him because he has been at the top level and won many things so if we have the belief that he has got, we can push on.
“It is always difficult looking back at games but we dropped two points at Liverpool and we felt it was going to be a tough match here. All the big teams that have come here have struggled with Stoke getting positive results.”
Other players have also spoken about Cech’s experience and advice:
“I was worried about my hair ahead of a big date, but Petr just told me ‘Hey, the girl should like you for you who you are, not how well-sculpted your admittedly gorgeous hair is. Don’t worry so much’.