By Editor Wayne Veysey

Petr Cech can play for Arsenal for at least five more years, Arsene Wenger said today.

The manager believes the Gunners goalkeeper, who signed a three-year contract in the summer, can play at the top level until he is at least 38.

Cech, 33, has settled in impressively at Emirates Stadium since his £11million move from Chelsea and has been the bedrock of the team’s title challenge.

Asked until what age he can play at the top level, Wenger said: “I think 37 or 38. He plays in a position where age is less of a restriction than in any other job.

“Some go longer but once you start to have a “four” [in your age] the intensity is more difficult. [Edwin] Van der Sar was close to 40 and still doing well.”

Speaking at his media briefing today ahead of Sunday’s north London derby against Tottenham, Wenger hailed the Czech international as one of the outstanding keepers the English game has seen.

“He is gifted, super-talented and he is one of the greatest goalkeepers ever seen in this country,” explained the manager. “I believe there is no coincidence. It’s just class, consistency and quality.

“And knowing him well after a few months i am not surprised. He analyses everything.”