According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal have Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech firmly in their crosshairs for the summer transfer window and are now waiting for the Czech international to decide upon his Stamford Bridge future before making a formal bid.
A wise move in Football Fancast’s opinion; although the 32 year-old is unfortunate enough to find himself currently stuck behind the supremely talented Thibaut Courtois in the Blues’ pecking order, he’s indisputably one of the top goalkeepers of the Premier League era, rivaling the likes of Peter Schmeichel, Edwin van der Saar and the Gunners’ own David Seaman.
Indeed, we’re so fond of Cech at FFC that we see his rumoured move to Arsenal as an absolutely brilliant idea. So brilliant, in fact, we’ve come up with FIVE reasons why.
Are these enough to convince Arsene Wenger to launch a swoop for the former Chelsea No.1 this summer? Do you think the north Londoners are right to target Cech? Let us know by commenting below!
For a surname so naturally befitting of tabloid puns, the British press haven’t half missed a trick in regards to Petr Cech – perhaps due to the fact he’s a rather media-shy character whose stayed at Chelsea for the last decade.
But should Arsenal snap up the Czech (yet another useful pun) international this summer, there’s a host of cheesy headlines we could all enjoy. For example:
“Wenger finally gets his Cech book out”
“Ceching out of Chelsea”
“Ceching in at the Emirates”
“Cech your Guns”
And, of course; “Cech yourself before you wreck yourself.”
On a more serious note, signing Petr Cech could be the first step in breaking the glass ceiling between Arsenal and the genuine Premier League title contenders.
Although Arsene Wenger has veered towards more attacking acquisitions over the last few summers, such as Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, in my opinion, the flimsiness of Arsenal’s spine is the real difference between themselves and the likes of Chelsea or Manchester City.
Take the Blues’ for example; Thibaut Courtois, John Terry, Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa. Or the Citizens; Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Sergio Aguero.
Arsenal’s, in comparison – Wojciech Szczesny, Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud – is considerably less physical and frankly,less consistent in their performances.
Sticking in Cech, however, a real beacon of experience and dependability, would give it a more solid feel – a fundamental cornerstone to build from. He’s by no means the complete solution, but certainly an integral piece of the jigsaw.
Although 32 is still relatively young by goalkeeping standards – especially for those who don’t predominantly depend on their agility, like Petr Cech – some will view the Chelsea goalkeeper as too old to start throwing money at.
But to spin that view on its head, Cech’s wealth of experience could prove incredibly important in the development of Arsenal’s struggling Wojciech Sczesny.
The Poland international is clearly a talented goalkeeper, but things just haven’t gone right for him this season both on and off the pitch, especially when he’s had to make judgement calls in regards to coming off his line or collecting crosses.
The Blues stalwart isn’t particularly prolific in that regard either, but what Cech can teach Szczesny is how best to pick his moments – and perhaps more importantly, being arguably the Gunners goalie’s biggest flaw, the art of positioning.
Now 24 years of age, Szczesny is edging upon a period that could define his career, for better or worse. Although he may become somewhat disillusioned with lesser game-time, Cech is the perfect role model for the Poland No.1 – something he’s desperately lacked throughout his Emirates career thus far.
Whilst some recent experiences in the transfer market have left Arsenal red in the face, such as their ill-fated £40million-plus-a-quid bid for Luis Suarez in summer 2013 or their budgeted pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain, the Gunners can feel fairly safe in the knowledge that Petr Cech is almost certain to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
After all, he’s clearly too good to spend the rest of his career as second-choice to Thibaut Courtois, especially considering the number of top European clubs that would happily take him on.
Likewise, not only did Jose Mourinho confirm in March that he wouldn’t stand in the way of the Czech international searching for employment elsewhere this summer, but Roman Abramovich has now reportedly claimed he’ll let Cech leave for any club he wants – including Arsenal.
When you throw in the more than reasonable asking price of just £10million, well within Arsenal’s financial reach, there’s nothing standing in the way of the Gunners bidding for the Chelsea icon.
If you’re a Cech hater, you need to Cech yourself before you wreck yourself.
Seriously, the 32 year-old is of the highest calibre, in my opinion only surpassed in quality throughout Europe by Manuel Neuer, Thibaut Courtois and perhaps the in-form David De Gea.
His CV is borderline flawless, boasting three (almost four) Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, three Premier League Golden Gloves, two places in the PFA Team of the Year and three UEFA Best Goalkeeper awards.
He’s highly decorated both as a team-member and as an individual and now finds himself amid a perfect campaign in the Premier League, keeping five clean sheets in five appearances – which is as many as David Ospina has managed in ten, and two more than Wojciech Szczesny in 17.
And the fact the 112-time Czech international has done it all in the Premier League – not a foreign top flight with completely different standards and quirks – only further underlines the quality and experience he offers the Gunners.
In my opinion, it’s a no brainer.