According to the Daily Star, Arsenal are ready to pay £7million for Chelsea keeper Petr Cech in January. The Czech star is now second choice keeper at Stamford Bridge, with Belgian star Thibaut Courtois now considered first choice for the Blues.
Cech is understandably believed to be unhappy at being demoted to second choice at Chelsea and considering his options in the January transfer window. The Czech Republic international has been first choice keeper with the Blues for a decade.
Courtois arrived back at Chelsea this summer, after three successful years with Spanish champions Atletico Madrid, which included winning La Liga last season and making it to the Champions League final with the club from the Spanish capital.
Despite Cech being replaced as number one at Stamford Bridge, the Czech star is still regarded as one of the most consistent keepers in world football. His recent form has may dipped slightly, but he is still seen as one of the top keepers in the Premier League.
At 32-years old Cech is not that old for a player in his position, as lots of keepers play into their late thirties and in some rare cases their early forties, so Cech is relatively young for a keeper.
If Arsenal are to sign Cech then they will have three international keepers on their books, as Poland’s Wojciech Szczesny and Colombia’s David Ospina are already at the club.
Szczesny has matured well over the past few seasons and even claimed the Premier League Golden Glove award last season, ironically jointly with Cech. However, the Pole is still prone to making silly mistakes and his concentration is not always the best.
He is considered to have the potential to go on and become a very good keeper in the future. Cech is only likely to move to a club who guarantee him regular first team action, so Szczesny may be relegated to number two at the Emirates Stadium.
His development would be hampered by sitting on the Gunners bench and not getting regular action.
Meanwhile current number two Ospina has struggled with injuries since his arrival in north London. The Colombian proved at the World Cup that he is a promising keeper and also has the potential to be a top keeper.
Any deal for Cech would have its pluses and minus. The big plus being that Cech is a very dependable keeper, who would improve Arsenal’s keeper options. Another would be that Cech has experience of winning big trophies with Chelsea.
The big minus would be that his arrival would maybe stall the development of Szczesny, who could be the Gunners first choice keeper for years to come.
For me Petr Cech would not be a bad signing, but signing a new keeper surely is not Arsene Wenger’s priority in the January transfer window, with the defence still in need of reinforcements.
Would Petr Cech be a good signing for Arsenal in January?