Cape Town - Arsenal
boss Arsene Wenger hopes to see Petr Cech play on until the ripe old
age of 40, much like former Manchester United stalwart Edwin van der
The Czech Republic international is now 35, but Sunday’s 1-0 win over
Burnley was his sixth clean sheet in a row, and Wenger sees no signs of
him slowing down.
"He gets older, we all do that, but I think he is fitter than ever,"
Wenger said. "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 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.
"I remember Edwin Van der Sar at Manchester United, I compare them.
They are intelligent, they have great similar size, similar quality. And
Van der Sar stopped at the end because he decided to stop.
"Because Manchester United wanted him to stay one more year longer. I
don't rule out [Cech playing until he is 40], but that will only be
down to the performances."
Arsenal host Huddersfield at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night in an English Premiership clash with the Gunners 12 points adrift leaders Manchester City.
Kick off is at 21:45.