Cech warns new rival Leno he must adjust to Premier League


Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has warned his new rival Bernd Leno that he will have to adjust to life in the Premier League.

Leno, 26, joined the Gunners from Bayer Leverkusen in June and has started Arsenal’s pre-season games. But Cech has vowed to remain at the Emirates and fight for his place, hinting Leno will face a period of adjustment before he acclimatises to the rigours of English football.

“You have to play your game and you have to find your way through,” Cech told the London Evening Standard.

“There are so many things that a goalkeeper coming to the Premier League has not experienced in a different league.

“Obviously you have the physicality and the way the game is played in the Premier League.

“The goalkeeper is not as protected as in Europe or different leagues. So I think that is something you need to find your way and deal with and obviously the quicker you do it, it is better for you.”

A former Arsenal number one, David Seaman, has also offered advice to the incoming Leno.

“It is a totally different pace and physicality.

“You look at David De Gea when he first came here he had big problems when he didn’t realise how physical it was in the Premier League but he adapted to that and really kicked on.

“With Leno, we have to wait and see what happens – if he is number one, we don’t even know who is going to be number one yet.”