The FA Community Shield

Hector Bellerin: Petr Cech's performance was decisive

Sunday 02 Aug 2015
Hector Bellerin celebrates Arsenal's FA Community Shield success

The confidence of Arsenal’s defence has been boosted by the arrival of Petr Cech, according to his new team-mate Hector Bellerin.

The Gunners right-back was speaking after their 1-0 victory against Cech’s former side Chelsea in the 2015 FA Community Shield.

Arsenal recorded their sixth Wembley win in 16 months thanks to a first-half strike from England winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

But one of the many sub-plots to the game was the debut of their new man between the sticks – against the club he represented for 11 years – and he did not disappoint.

Although untroubled for large spells of the game, the 33-year-old was called into action midway through the second half as he flew high to his right to tip a goalbound Oscar free-kick away for a corner.

A moment, Bellerin says, that proved decisive.

“He showed especially for example with the free-kick it was a turning point of the game,” he continued.

“It was a great save and it gave us that confidence as well and we’re very happy to have him in the team.”

By Jamie Reid Senior Writer At Wembley Stadium connected by EE