Signing Petr Cech Would Give Arsene Wenger A Bit Of A Headache


Even n the sporadic glimpses that we witnessed Petr Cech in goal for Chelsea last season, you could tell he is still a world-class goalkeeper.

With Thibaut Courtois claiming the regular starting berth in between the sticks at Stamford Bridge, it looks inevitable that the Czech Republic keeper will have to leave Chelsea in search of first team football.

Reports suggest that London rivals Arsenal are ready to pounce with a £11m bid and that Cech has already agreed terms with the Gunners.

With Arsene Wenger already possessing two very capable goalkeepers in Wojciech Szczęsny and David Ospina, it seems certain that the Frenchman will have to get rid of one to accommodate Cech’s arrival at the Emirates.

Thinking about it, many will ask does Wenger really need Cech?

To be honest I can see why he’d think so. By bringing in the thirty-three year old, he will add vast experience to the squad and a winning mentality too!

On his day, Cech has proven that his performances can be the difference in close, big encounters. His presence and quality will also add confidence to the defender who play in front of him. His consistency and cleansheet record is immense too!

You would also imagine that he will make either Ospina or Szczęsny better, depending on who stays. I really do believe that competition is the best way to keep goalies on their toes.

Joe Hart and Simon Mignolet have both floundered in the past when they’ve lacked serious competition at their respective clubs.

So who should Wenger sell on?

Well both are in their mid-twenties, so age is irrelevant.

Obviously Arsene would have to eye up their characters and see who was up for the challenge. He cannot keep a sulk or a player who will constantly moan to the press.

I’d imagine that the Szczęsny would be more anxious to leave. Being relegated to the bench for much of the second half of the season will have dented the big Pole’s confidence. His father’s negative comments to the press regarding Wenger’s team selections, will also be viewed as a minus point.

In terms of ability, I also prefer Ospina. The Colombian international keeper looks more at ease and composed than Wojciech. His shot-stopping skills also helped secure Arsenal’s third place finish last term. He never let down his defence and that helped settle any nerves that the fans may of had over their goalkeeping situation.

It is certainly not a bad dilemma for Arsene Wenger to have. The French boss will hope to bring in a keeper that will finally help turn the Gunners into title challengers and then have the best back-up available too!

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