Title challenge? Chelsea skipper’s Arsenal transfer chat opens debate

Arsenal could be title contenders if they sign Petr Cech this summer, according to Chelsea captain John Terry who has claimed that the goalkeeper is worth between “12 or 15 points a season”.

The Blues’ back-up stopper is thought to be edging towards a switch across London to join the Gunners, with reports having revealed that personal terms have been all but settled, even though a fee is yet to be agreed.

And talking to talkSPORT, Terry suggested that the Emirates Stadium outfit could be a lot closer to the top of the table if they add the 33-year-old to their ranks:

“There’s talk of Arsenal signing Petr Cech and, if they do get him, he will strengthen them for sure. He will save them 12 or 15 points a season,

“He’s going to be sorely missed and will improve any side he goes to.”

So, what does this mean?

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Well, the addition of 12 points last season would have put Arsenal level with Chelsea on 87 points at the end of 2014/15, albeit with Jose Mourinho’s side still champions due to their superior goal difference – although Arsene Wenger’s men’s figure would be different with more wins to make up the points. With the difference being just six goals it’s easy to see a significant swing, even though four wins (12 points) could only need four goals for four 1-0 victories.

Obviously any more than 12 would have swung the odds in Arsenal’s favour, however, David Ospina’s run of clean sheets at the back end of the campaign is not to be ignored.