Petr Cech has admitted he is playing for his future at Arsenal after entering the final 12 months of his deal, as reported by The Evening Standard.
At 36 years of age, Petr Cech has entered the final year of his contract at Arsenal and is yet to receive an offer of an extension from the Premier League giants, which has left the veteran stopper playing for his future at the club.
Cech has started all five of Arsenal’s Premier League matches so far this season despite the signing of Bernd Leno in the summer, although the Germany international is still expected to become the Gunners’ first-choice in the long-term.
With Leno arriving and Cech in the twilight years of his career, with just months remaining on his deal, the former Chelsea man admitted to The Evening Standard that he is fighting for his future in Unai Emery’s side.
“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.
“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, obviously.”
Cech may be the first name on Unai Emery’s teamsheet so far this season but he certainly has a number of critics amongst the fans, as he is yet to keep a clean sheet at the time of writing and has also had a few moments to forget trying to adjust to Emery’s desire to play out from the back.
Regardless of how well Leno does this season, handing Cech another contract would not be a wise move for Arsenal even if it was only for a season as his wage is a whopping £100k-a-week according to TotalSportek, money that could be used on signings of for new deals for key players.
Compared to Aaron Ramsey and Nacho Monreal, both of whom also see their contracts expire next year, Cech is certainly expendable and it would be the right time for an exit from the Premier League.