Cudicini and Cech bonded over Rock Band during their days at Chelsea.

Petr Cech: playing Rock Band with Carlo Cudicini made me a better goalkeeper

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Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has revealed how former teammate Carlo Cudicini inspired him to take up drums whilst playing Playstation game Rock Band, and believes it has made him a better goalkeeper.

The Czech Republican regularly uploads videos onto his personal YouTube account of him showcasing his musical talents (see below).

Fans have been wowed by his skills as a drummer and requested he covers certain tracks - which he duly accepts.


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Cech, who signed for the Gunners from Chelsea in the summer, insists his hobby has improved his goalkeeping ability and credits Cudicini as the inspiration behind it, according to the Evening Standard.

He said: "I never played any instrument before and I never had a music lesson or anything like that.

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"But then once with Carlo Cudicini we played Rock Band on the Playstation and I jumped on the drums without ever playing it before."

The 33-year-old endured a difficult debut for Arsenal in the Premier League, but has since shone and proved himself one of the best goalkeepers in world football.

"It teaches you to use all four limbs in different ways," Cech continued.

"It is especially useful for a goalkeeper. There are so many things I learn on the drums that I can use in goalkeeping as well, because the hand-eye co-ordination and the independence on each of the limbs is helpful."

Cech arrived at Chelsea from Rennes in 2004 for £7 million, where Cudicini had already established himself as the club's number one.

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The 33-year-old soon pipped his teammate, though, and never looked back, winning the Premier League four times and the Champions League.

Individually, the Czech Republic international has won the Golden Glove three times and been named in the Premier League Team of the Year twice.

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