Petr Cech told to 'get over' his love for Chelsea by Arsenal legend Jens Lehmann

The goalkeeper must end all allegiances with his former club is he is to be a success at the Emirates

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Petr Cech must "get rid of his love" for Chelsea if he is to be a success at Arsenal, says former Gunners goalkeeper Jens Lehmann.

Cech completed an £11m move earlier this week, with it ending an incredible 11-year spell at Stamford Bridge that brought four Premier League titles and the Champions League among many other trophies.

Some pundits have suggested that his arrival at the Emirates could be the catalyst for a first Premier League title at Arsenal since 2004.

But if the Czech goalkeeper is to propel the Gunners to the summit, he must first banish all feelings towards his former club, according to Lehmann.

"Before you can have it in your heart to win titles again, you have to get rid of the love you had before," the German told the Sun on Sunday. "As a professional, he must get over [his relationship with Chelsea] and needs to know Arsenal want him to win things again for them."

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann


The man between the sticks when Arsenal last won the title and who was in goal when they reached the 2006 Champions League final added: "That is not an easy thing to get over psychologically... it can take a few weeks, even a few months."


Ironically, it was Cech's strong relationship with Chelsea that paved the way for his move to Arsenal. Blues owner Roman Abramovich sanctioned his sale to a rival as a reward for loyal service to the club, despite Jose Mourinho being against the move.