Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech ordered his teammates not to celebrate their International Champions Cup trophy victory following a penalty shooutout win over Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
Arsene Wenger’s side came from a goal behind to win the pre-season match on penalties after Cech’s replacement Emiliano Martinez saved Juan Bernat’s spot-kick.
Cech was presented with a trophy following the match but refused to lift it into the air in the customary fashion.
Joe Willock, 19, excitedly tapped Cech, urging the former Chelsea player to lift the trophy up, but the Arsenal starlet was given short thrift by the club’s vice-captain.
The 35-year-old goalkeeper turned to the Arsenal youngster and offered a sage piece of advice.
“This is not the trophy we lift. Let’s lift the big one at the end of the season. Not this one!” says Cech.
Arsenal now travel to Beijing to take on Chelsea at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in their second match of the International Champions Cup.
Arsenal have been criticised in the past for their tendency to pose for celebratory dressing room selfies.
In October last year Rio Ferdinand questioned the decision to pose for a team selfie after Arsenal’s 6-0 win over Bulgarian minnows, Ludogorets.
“I have said it before, I wouldn’t be doing that until I have got my hands on a trophy,” the former Manchester United and 2008 Champions League winner said.
“Not everything was perfect but we have to push ourselves because in the last two days we have done it. I expected the game to be even more difficult for us today physically, but many of the players are already in good shape,” said Arsene Wenger following the match.