Woods won for the first time in five years on Sunday, and Cech believes the Gunners’ long wait for a Premier League title is similar
Tiger Woods lifted the Tour Championship just hours after Arsenal had seen off Everton across the Atlantic – and Petr Cech believes there are comparisons between the Gunners’ wait for a Premier League crown and the American’s decade-long run without a major.
Severe back problems and issues away from the fairway had seen Woods, a 14-time major winner, struggle to get back to his best in recent years.
However, a return to form in Atlanta over the weekend saw the 42-year-old win the Championship as he now targets another of golf’s biggest prizes.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are rebuilding under new boss Unai Emery having not lifted the Premier League since they went unbeaten throughout the 2003/04 campaign.
Like Woods, Arsenal have tasted success in that time, winning four FA Cups under former boss Arsene Wenger in the intervening years.
But the wait for the big one goes on and, speaking after Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored to seal a 2-0 victory over Everton, Cech drew parallels between Woods and Arsenal.
“For any club who wins titles in the recent years, you have a team with the know-how to finish it off and you can see it in any sport,” he said.
“I take Tiger Woods – 10 years since he won a Major tournament and the longer it goes, the harder it becomes. This club hasn’t won the league for over 10 years so obviously you need to get back into knowing how to do it.
“We started with the new manager from scratch basically and we try to get this mentality of winning every game, progressing every game, working every day and hopefully we can build this up and win the title sooner rather than later. That will make the big difference.”