Saturday, 1 August 2015

Cech can be Arsenal's Van der Sar - Wenger

The Gunners boss has likened the 33-year-old's move to the Emirates Stadium to that of the experienced former goalkeeper, who won 11 trophies in four years at Manchester United
Petr Cech can do for Arsenal what Edwin van der Sar achieved at Manchester United, says Arsene Wenger.

The 33-year-old moved to the Emirates Stadium for around £11 million in June to end an 11-year spell at Chelsea where he won 15 trophies, including the Premier League four times and Champions League once.

Van der Sar joined United as a 34-year-old in 2005 and went on to win 11 competitions, including four Premier League titles and the Champions League once, before retiring from the game in 2011.

"His move is a bit like Van der Sar. He went from Fulham to Man United but still had five or six years at Manchester United, so I don’t see why [Cech] shouldn't have a few more years," Wenger told reporters.

"He's very serious, he trains well, has no big problems. He has an intimidating presence that is for sure. He makes the goals look small. That's the kind of charisma he has. He is a big size.

"He has a good combination between quality, agility, size, he looked like he was built for English football. I think he is a very bright goalkeeper as well."

Wenger identified Cech as a potential purchase before his move to Chelsea in 2004 after being impressed by the Czech goalkeeper at Rennes, but missed out during Jose Mourinho's first summer in England.

He added: "Before he went to Chelsea we were interested, as the guy who brought him to Chelsea is a good friend of mine and he told me there was an exceptional keeper at Rennes.

"He was very young when he went to Rennes. One of my assistants, Boro Primorac, his son was a player in Rennes and he said they had a very good goalkeeper. I think Chelsea were a bit quicker than us."