Arsene Wenger believes Petr Cech is one of the best goalkeepers ever to play in the Premier League and is hopeful he can carry on performing at the top level for at least five more years.
Cech, 33, signed a three-year contract with the Gunners in the summer after drawing a line under an incredibly successful 11-year stint with Chelsea.
But the Czech Republic international has shown no signs of diminishing with age. Indeed, forgetting a dodgy start against West Ham United, Cech has been in superb form for the Gunners this season.
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Coincidentally, Cech is the same age that Jens Lehmann was when he signed for Arsenal back in 2003. The German would go on to play five successful seasons in north London, and was immortalised after playing every Premier League game in their Invincibles campaign.
Wenger, who has been accused of lacking faith in older players in the past, believes Cech can follow the example set by Lehmann and carry on playing for Arsenal beyond his current contract.
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“I believe that there is no coincidence,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “What is repeated is not coincidence, it is just class. As well, not only class but dedication and consistency of quality.
“Knowing him well now after a few months, I’m not surprised by this kind of achievement because he is absolutely dedicated to his job, he analyses absolutely everything and is gifted as well.
“He is a super talent. He is certainly one of the greatest goalkeepers we have ever seen here in this country.
"He plays in a position where age is less of a restriction than in any other job. Until 37 or 38 I consider that a goalkeeper can be completely able to play at this level.”
A new chapter
While most players his age would be looking for one last payday, Cech still looks like a man hungry for success with his new team. He has the joint-most clean sheets in the Premier League (six) and has conceded the fewest goals so far (eight).
The EA Sports Player Performance Index currently has Cech placed on top of their ranking system, ahead of Manchester United's David de Gea and Manchester City's Joe Hart.
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