Arsenal Keeper Out Of Contract Next Summer
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech admits he is playing for his future at the Emirates. The 36-year-old is out of contract next summer and talks have yet to take place over a new deal.
The Gunners signed Germany international keeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer for a fee of just under £20million. But Cech has been given a vote of confidence by manager Unai Emery who has started him in each of the Gunners’ five Premier League games. He could also start in tonight’s Europa League opener against Ukrainian side Vorskla Poltava at the Emirates Stadium although Emery might be tempted to give Leno his competitive debut for Arsenal.
“I’m in the last year of the contract so I guess it depends on my performances, the way I play and the way I stay fit throughout the season. Then we’ll see what happens next,” Cech said on Wednesday.
“When you bring players in you do that to improve the squad and to make it competitive and Bernd is here, trains every day and tries to get his spot which keeps everyone in the goalkeeping group on their toes including me, obviously.
“I have to work hard not only to make sure the manager picks me for the weekend but as well that he sticks with me.
“The goalkeeper situation is complicated as only one can play so the competition is bigger and at the moment I’ve been playing and I try to do my best and hope the manager is happy with my performances. I’ve always had great goalkeepers — David Ospina was great as was Carlo Cudicini and Hilario — behind me who pushed me all my career so I have to make sure I’m ready.
“In sport this is the way it goes — you always have someone waiting for your failure so they can jump in and you have to find a way to keep your spot.”
See also: Arsenal in talks with Cristian Pavon.