Arsenal’s fans and players are probably still in cloud nine following their dramatic Champions League win over Olympiacos.
The Gunners won 3-0 in Greece against all the odds to secure a place in the competition’s last-16, and are still very much in the hunt for the Premier League, with the club just two points off pacesetters Leicester.
And without doubt, one of the key factors in their impressive half-season has been summer signings Petr Cech.
The Chelsea legend hopped on the tube in August to sign for Arsene Wenger on a four-year deal for £10 million, and has been in imperious form ever since.
And the Champions League winner has been revealing some of the secrets to his success – with the Czech Republic international crediting Playstation sessions with former Chelsea team-mate Carlo Cudicini as making him a better shot-stopper.
Cech plays the drums, which he credits with keeping his limbs flexible and tense. But he had never played any instrument until indulging in a spot of Rock Band on the game console with his pal Carlo.
He told the Arsenal Weekly podcast: I never played any instrument before and I never had a music lesson or anything like that,” he told the Arsenal Weekly podcast. “But then once with Carlo Cudicini we played Rock Band on the Playstation and I jumped on the drums without ever playing it before.
“I had so much fun and realised how much I enjoyed it because I love music in general. I was always listening to music but I realised that actively participating in the song you enjoy listening to was even better.
“It teaches you to use all four limbs in different ways. You need to find a way to co-ordinate things and, once you learn how to programme your brain to do that, it helps you to co-ordinate even for football.
“It is especially useful for a goalkeeper. There are so many things I learn on the drums that I can use in goalkeeping as well, because the hand-eye co-ordination and the independence on each of the limbs is helpful.”
Wow, fair enough, Pete. We’re off to play a spot of Rock Band ourselves!