|Petr Cech has revealed the secret to Arsenal's defensive success in the Premier League this season.|
The Czech shot-stopper has been outstanding between the sticks since his summer move from Chelsea and his calming presence has been hailed as a key reason for the Gunners' rise to the top of the table.
Cech, who broke David James’ record for clean sheets in the Premier League in Monday’s win over Bournemouth, has now revealed that his well-marshalled back-line owes much to his multilingual skills.
The 33-year-old can speak five languages - Czech, English, French, Spanish and German - and that has helped him get his message across clearly.
He told the Mirror: “I speak to the full-backs [Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin] in Spanish, to [Laurent] Koscielny in French and to Per [Mertesacker] in English, because for him it is the same as me.
“He organises people in English. Sometimes foreign players wouldn’t know what you say.
“That’s when you realise it’s easier to say it in their language than hoping they will understand. It can happen.”
Cech was Arsene Wenger’s only summer recruit when he moved across London from Stamford Bridge to the Emirates after losing his first team spot to Thibaut Courtois.
Chelsea go into 2016 sitting 14th in the Premier League, while Arsenal are in the driving seat to win their first league title in 12 years.
It is arguably the north Londoners’ best chance in a number of years and Cech says he would not have joined the club if he felt it was not possible.
He explained: “I realised it was not my time to sit on the bench, I wanted to play the games because I believed I had the qualities to play and this is where I started to make the decision to come here (Arsenal) and to play.
“It was not an easy decision but I always wanted to go to a team which could win.
“If I didn’t believe that I was going to a team which could win then I don’t know why I would come.
“I play football, not to only enjoy it and I love the challenge of playing and competing with the best players, but I want to have the chance to win games.
“I believe this team has the qualities to win games and hopefully we will manage to go all the way in the league.
“It’s a very difficult and long run but I believe this team has the capabilities of doing it.
“We are in a good position, we are in the mix of the teams who will play to win the title so we want to stay in that position for as long as possible and every time we have a chance to improve our position then we would love to do it.”
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