The 34-year-old shot-stopper hasn’t always been at his best since swapping Chelsea for Arsenal last season, but Wenger had nothing but positive words to say about him ahead of this weekend’s clash with Manchester United.
Cech put in a strong display for the Gunners as they lost to Tottenham last week, and Wenger believes he has improved since the recent change to three at the back.
Wenger believes the new system gives his ‘keeper more protection, though he was eager to generally praise the veteran star for his influence on and off the pitch.
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‘I feel that basically this system should help Petr Cech because he should get better protection,’ Wenger said. ‘I feel he is focused and sharp in recent games, so he is in a good period.
‘He is a player who is very professional, very concentrated and it is true that at Tottenham he made some good saves.
‘He is a positive character who wants to do well. He’s first in, last out (of training) – he’s this type of player. But when a player gets to have such a long career, it’s never a coincidence.
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Sunderland (H) – Tue 16 May
Everton (H) – Sun 21 May
Chelsea – FA Cup (N) – Sat 27 May
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‘The guys who come in when they are 20 years old and you have to tell them to be on time and after training he goes out quickly, you can forget about after 30. These type of players don’t last. So he has a real passion about the game.’