According to the Metro, Arsenal are eying a £22million summer move for Bayer Leverkusen Bernd Leno, with current number goalkeeper Petr Cech struggling for form.
The Leverkusen goalkeeper is highly rated and has stated express interest in moving to pastures new. However, he will only move if he is the first choice goalkeeper at his next club.
The metro quote him as saying: ‘If I go abroad, it would not be as a number-one contender, but only as clear number one,’
Cech is reaching the end of his career
Petr Cech was once one of the best goalkeepers in the world game. However, that was during his time at Chelsea, and not while he was playing for Arsenal. Chelsea sold Cech as he was surplus to requirements.
When he signed, he looked to be a good signing for Arsenal. At the time, he looked a more reliable number one than the then-erratic Wojciech Szczesny.
However, in the last few seasons, Cech is seemingly making more and more mistakes, which are costing the Gunners. The Arsenal number one could have done better with both of Brighton’s goals on Sunday for example.
Top teams tend to have top goalkeepers. It is hard to claim that Cech is still a top goalkeeper. Many goalkeepers play well into their thirties and still play at a top level. Goalkeeping legends like Dino Zoff, Neville Southall and of course, Gigi Buffon played into their late thirties and early forties in Zoff’s case.
However, looking at Cech’s recent performances it is difficult to see the former Czech Republic international playing at a decent level of the game for much longer.
A very poor Arsenal defence has not helped him, but he needs to take responsibility for some very unconvincing displays for the Gunners this season.
Squad overhaul likely this summer
If a new boss comes in at Arsenal this summer, then a squad overhaul is likely this summer. Unfortunately, Cech looks highly vulnerable in any cull of first-team players. He is part of the problem not the solution for the team from north London.
However, if Arsene Wenger stays at the club, the Czech goalkeeper is probably safe. The veteran French boss seems to show blind loyalty to players and picks them regardless of their form.
Bernd Leno looks like he would be a good signing for the Gunners. At 26, he has already gained a lot of first-team experience and still has time to develop his game. If the Metro report is true, he may just be replacing Cech between the sticks very soon.
Is Petr Cech still good enough to be Arsenal number one?