Petr Cech Reveals Why Arsenal Have Become Soft

Petr Cech feels Arsenal have become too comfortable because there hasn’t been “enough pressure” at the club following the 22-year reign of Wenger.

Arsene Wenger during his 22-year tenure made the Gunners famous for their ‘attractive’ playing style, which often did not achieve the expected results.

Arsenal have been regularly accused of having a supposed soft center – especially towards the end of Wenger’s reign.

Unai Emery was brought in after Wenger’s departure to guide the club in a different direction and has rightly steered the Gunners to a Europa League final place in his first season.

Cech feels Emery can mould Arsenal into becoming a tougher side, with the outgoing shot stopper telling the Evening Standard: “It will sound strange but I think generally at Arsenal there is not enough pressure.

“Arsene is a real gentleman. As much as he hates losing, he stays a gentleman. If you lose, you win, you lose, you win, he kind of carries on. That’s something I’ve never experienced before.

“At Chelsea, at the times when we drew, it felt like a funeral in the dressing room. It was so bad.

“If we drew against a big team at home, it was like, ‘Oh no, it is impossible we didn’t win at home’. It came from everywhere: the players, the coach. Since the start when I was there, the pressure was there every game.”

While pointing out that Arsenal could be more dogged, the veteran goalkeeper does not consider the pressure to be a problem for the club.

Citing their run to the Europa League final, where Arsenal faced notable hurdles as proof, he added: “I feel that when Arsenal need to win, we win.

“You go to Athens in the last Champions League group game [of 2015] needing to win 2-0 and you win 3-0. No matter where we win because that fire was right behind us as we had to really win. The pressure was what was pushing us.

“I completely disagree with people who say, ‘When the pressure comes, [you don’t win]’. No. I think we lose points when there is not enough pressure.

“So, we went to Everton [on April 7]. You know you win, you go third… you lose, you stay fourth. We lost. That week with Wolves [losing at Molineux, either side of defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester], it was the same situation.

“There was always a cushion, there was always, ‘It is not such a disaster’. We should probably create more pressure on everybody because that would give people more to think about.

“We went to Napoli [in the quarter-finals] and everybody says, ‘Oh, you are rubbish away, they are brilliant at home’. We win 2-0, and then you go, ‘How do you explain that?’

“If you are under pressure and you can’t perform, you lose that game. But we didn’t because the pressure was so high. You know you lose, you are out. You lose 3-1 at Rennes [in the last 16, first leg], you have to win at home: you win. The semi-final? We win. So, the examples are there.”