Arsenal v Sunderland: Why Cech is up for the cup, even if he is rested for Cats tie

Arsenal keeper Petr Cech
Arsenal keeper Petr Cech
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Arsenal may opt to give second-choice keeper David Ospina an opportunity when Sunderland visit the Emirates Stadium for Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie,

But Gunners star Petr Cech is dreaming of playing his part in steering the London club to a third successive FA Cup triumph this season.

The former Chelsea keeper has been the rock at the back of Arsenal’s Premier League title challenge this season, but he loves the excitement of the FA Cup, with its finale on the biggest stage of all at Wembley.

Cech told www.arsenal.com: “I always say it is a special competition.

“I always love to play in FA Cup games because first you start with the fact you can play teams in lower divisions.

“The atmosphere and everything surrounding the game [underlines] the fact that this could be history for the club you play against. Even if you play a club in the Premier League, the elements of the away fans changes for FA Cup games.

“The away team has a much bigger support than all the other games and the atmosphere is lifted. If you take the history of the cup – it is the oldest competition in the world and that is special in itself.”

The Czech international won the cup four times with Chelsea, and another trip to Wembley appeals to the experienced 33-year-old.

“I always love to play the FA Cup no matter the team we play because it is always special to be involved,” he added.

“The second reason is if you play in the final or semi final you get to play at Wembley Stadium.

“You always play big games there. This means once you go to the game you have this pressure, tension and atmosphere, so they are always the games you look forward to playing in and that is why the FA Cup is special for me.”