Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has admitted that he is playing for his Arsenal future even though the club is yet to offer him a contract extension.
The 36-year-old goalkeeper has less than 12 months on his existing deal and faces renewed competition following the Gunners’ decision to sign Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen for £19.2million in the summer.
Cech has started all five Premier League games this season, with Unai Emery keen to give him a chance to prove he can play out from the back, a key component of Arsenal’s new style.
Cech’s performances have not been perfect but three successive wins have lifted the team to seventh in the table.
“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 said.
Leno is expected to start Arsenal’s opening Europa League game when Vorskla Poltava visit Emirates Stadium tomorrow and Cech insisted he is relishing the challenge posed by a rival team-mate 10 years his junior.