It’s never a bad thing to have two goalkeepers on the books that are playing well. Of course, if they’re both considered to be world class in one way or another then that can make things a little bit more complicated because both will want to play consistent first team football and that just can’t happen. It’s not quite as severe as something like the NFL whereby there are only 16 regular season games to play in, because at least in this instance you’ve got the League & FA Cup, international football and European competition.
The big issue
All of this is a long winded way of saying the following: we aren’t sure what Arsenal are going to do with Petr Cech once he returns from injury. The Czech international was on a great run of form prior to sustaining his injury, which allowed Bernd Leno to take over as Arsenal’s number one. Subsequently, the German has done really well with the chance that he’s been given, begging the question of what’s next for these two men.
Prior to the start of the campaign many fans were okay with the idea of Cech moving on to something new, but that was before he went on a phenomenal run of form. Now, it genuinely feels like there’s a dilemma on the hands of the bosses behind the scenes, because Cech made it perfectly clear that he wants to fight for his place in the starting XI.
In many ways we’d love to see Cech reigning over the number one spot at any club around the world, but at the same time, it feels like he’s just starting to come into his own with the Gunners – which is bizarre, given that many consider him to be a veteran of the game. Alas, if we’re looking to the future, it feels like Leno is the man they need to stick with, if only to maintain some consistency.
Hopefully Emery can persuade Cech to play the number two role throughout the remainder of the season, because that’s hardly a bad position to be in. They’re involved in quite a few competitions so you could always have him be the number one in the League Cup and Europa League, two competitions that they could easily go far in, whereas Leno could lead the charge in the Premier League and FA Cup.
What should Arsenal do with Cech when he returns from injury?