Petr Cech pushing for number one spot


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Goalkeeper Petr Cech says he is not thinking about speculation linking him with a move back to Chelsea and is only focused on enjoying a positive season with Arsenal.

Former Czech Republic international Cech has entered the final year of his contract at the Emirates and there have been several reports suggesting Chelsea are contemplating re-signing the keeper.

The Blues are preparing for the departure of Thibaut Courtois, who is said to be a target for Real Madrid, and new manager Maurizio Sarri is keen on bringing the Arsenal shot-stopper back to Stamford Bridge.

German goalkeeper Bernd Leno has arrived at Arsenal this summer from Bayer Leverkusen and it is thought he will be handed the number jersey by new head coach Unai Emery.

However Cech, who has made over 100 league appearances for the Gunners, says he is ready to fight for his place and is not reading anything into speculation linking him with an exit from Arsenal this summer.

“I have a contract with Arsenal. I am concentrating on this season, on the competition between the goalkeepers because we have plenty of options,” he told reporters after a training session.

“I’m doing my best to show to the manager that I can be in the starting line-up when the season starts. That’s my aim and as for the speculation, I don’t really follow it.”

Arsenal, who are 23.00 to win the Premier League, open their campaign at home to defending champions Manchester City, who are 1.67 favourites to retain their title, on August 12.

Emery’s men are 3.30 to pick up the win, a draw is priced at 3.75 whilst the Citizens are 2.05 favourites.

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