Petr Čech: Arsène Wenger Lacks José Mourinho’s ‘Win At All Costs’ Mentality

Petr Čech: Arsène Wenger Lacks José Mourinho’s ‘Win At All Costs’ Mentality
Sep 7, 2017

Arsenal News

Arsenal shot-stopper Petr Čech has revealed the main difference between José Mourinho and Arsène Wenger, saying his former boss’ mentality was superior and demanded better results. Čech made the move across London in 2015 and despite many believing his services would bring the Gunners a chance of a title race, they are still yet to win the Premier League since his arrival.

Three games into the season, Arsène Wenger’s side have lost two games out of three including a 4-0 hammering at Anfield. Following the result, critics have once again called for Wenger’s head, insisting his mentality is not good enough for Arsenal to ever challenge. It’s perhaps another reason why Mesut Özil’s work-rate is commonly picked up on, with the Frenchman consistently backing his number eleven in press conferences.

Čech believes the mentality at the Emirates is beginning to change for the better but insists it’s a long way off the one José Mourinho brought with him when he arrived at Chelsea following a Champions League win with FC Porto.

In an interview with So Foot, Čech revealed: “When he [Mourinho] arrived at Chelsea from Porto, he brought the main thing, he came from a club where he not acceptable to him to finish second in the championship.”

“He brought the same spirit in Chelsea. He thinks only about victory, whatever the price. He hates draws. If we returned to the dressing room with a draw, it was known that he would not be satisfied,” the former Czech Republic international revealed.

“On the other hand, he also wanted to be able to keep a 1-0 or beat a team 5-0 if possible. No matter how Mourinho wanted the result. The philosophy at Arsenal is completely opposed to this.”

“Here, it’s not win at all costs but we want to win with a good way of playing. This is beginning to change in our approach. As Jürgen Klopp said, we’re near to classical music. We play with beauty, synchronisation between instruments. It’s a philosophy rooted in Arsenal’s DNA.”

“We refuse to play without a good way of playing and that’s something that is passed from generation to generation. I think we find good balance during the last weeks of last season. The main idea today is to continue to control the game including securing our advantage at the back.”

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