Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has admitted that he needs to keep performing at his best if he is to be offered a new contract by the Gunners, with his current deal set to expire at the end of this season.
The 36-year-old ‘keeper was expected to lose his place as Arsenal’s number one this season after the North London club forked out £22 million to sign German shot stopper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen.
However, the former Chelsea man has managed to keep his place under new Gunners boss Unai Emery and he revealed that competition for places simply spurs him on.
“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 told the press ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League opener against Vorskla Poltava tonight.
“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.
“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.
“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.”