Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has admitted he is playing for his club future with the Gunners yet to offer him a contract extension.
Cech, 36, has less than 12 months on his existing deal with Arsenal and now faces competition following the signing of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen for £19.2million in the summer.
However, Petr Cech has started all five Premier League games this season, with Unai Emery keen to give him a chance to prove he can play out from the back
Asked whether he was any clearer where he would be playing next season, Cech said: “I’m in the last year of the contract so I guess it depends on my performances, the way I play and the way I stay fit throughout the season. Then we’ll see what happens next.”
Bernd Leno is expected to start Arsenal’s opening Europa League game when Vorskla Poltava visit Emirates Stadium and Cech insisted he is relishing the challenge posed by a rival team-mate 10 years his junior.
“When you bring players in you do that to improve the squad and to make it competitive and Bernd is here, trains every day and tries to get his spot which keeps everyone in the goalkeeping group on their toes including me, obviously,” said Cech.
“I have to work hard not only to make sure the manager picks me for the weekend but as well that he sticks with me.
“The goalkeeper situation is complicated as only one can play so the competition is bigger and at the moment I’ve been playing and I try to do my best and hope the manager is happy with my performances. I’ve always had great goalkeepers — David Ospina was great as was Carlo Cudicini and Hilario — behind me who pushed me all my career so I have to make sure I’m ready.
“In sport this is the way it goes — you always have someone waiting for your failure so they can jump in and you have to find a way to keep your spot.”