Rosicky admits trying to lure Chelsea keeper Cech to Arsenal

Rosicky admits trying to lure Chelsea keeper Cech to Arsenal

Published Jun. 16, 2015 6:30 a.m. ET

Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky has spoken to Petr Cech over a possible move to the Emirates but admits his compatriot will be pursued by a number of clubs.

Rosicky and Cech have been team-mates in the Czech Republic national side for 13 years, and Rosicky admits the Chelsea goalkeeper is keen on a "change of scenery".

Cech has one year remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge but is searching for a new club after spending much of last season as second choice to Thibaut Courtois, the first time he has not been No 1 since moving to London in 2004.

Media reports suggest the 33-year-old has turned down a move to Paris Saint-Germain in favour of chasing a contract that will keep him in the Premier League.


Arsenal are one of the English clubs understood to be interested in signing Cech, and Rosicky says the topic has come up between the two of them.

"Obviously I would be lying if I didn't tell you that I had been speaking to him because we have known each other for a very long time," he told Sky Sports News HQ.

"Petr wants a change of scenery, let's say, so I don't think he will have a lack of clubs interested in him. We will see how it ends but in this case I will not interfere at all from both sides.

"It's his decision or Arsenal's decision if they want to go in that way. I don't know if Arsenal really want him or not. That's not the right question for me but he's a very good goalkeeper. He's a proven goalkeeper."

Cech has made no secret of his desire to find a contract that guarantees him more playing time, and Rosicky said any club would be boosted with the addition of his friend's experience.

"He's 33 and he's been through all the situations you can imagine. The experience is there and that is vital for a goalkeeper. That is what he can offer. 

 "He's show it for many years and he's still got plenty of years ahead of him."