Arsenal should have signed Asmir Begovic instead of Petr Cech, according to former Liverpool and England goalkeeper David James.
The former Chelsea man completed one of the summer’s most controversial transfers earlier this month as he swapped West for North London in an £11m deal after losing his spot as Jose Mourinho’s No.1 to Thibaut Courtois.
With the 33-year-old a vastly experienced stopper the move has been greeted positively by most, but James feels that Begovic – whom Chelsea signed from Stoke to replace Cech – would have been a better signing for Arsene Wenger’s side:
“For sure, if I was an Arsenal fan I would have been happier to have signed Begovic – £8m for Begovic and £11m for Cech.” He is quoted by the London Evening Standard.
“(Begovic has) longevity because of his age, and, alongside Thibaut Courtois you’ve got two of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League with 15-plus years ahead of them,”
James then went on to reveal that he thinks the Czech Republic international is past his “best”:
“Cech is a very good goalkeeper but he’s not at his best. At 33 years of age, there’s nothing to say he can’t get back to the form of Petr Cech at his best though.
“If he does then Arsenal still have one hell of a goalkeeper but Chelsea still get £11million for a 33-year-old with one year left on his contract,”
Cech is not far from beating James’ Premier League clean sheet record and needs only three more unbeaten showings to surpass the former Three Lion’s 170.
Furthermore, the former ex-Chelsea man looks likely to surpass the tally in over well 200 fewer outings.