Arsenal supporters can now breathe a sigh of relief as Petr Čech finally completes a move to the Emirates for a reported ~£11million pounds. The 33-year-old legendary stopper, considered one of the finest in the business is a remarkable signing for the Gunners. What then does this 6’5 veteran bring to Arsenal?
Experience is the first. Having played 493 games in the premier league already in a career spanning over a decade, Čech has managed 228 clean sheets. His wealth of knowledge and understanding of the game is something Arsenal could use. With David Ospina supposedly looming at the exit door, Arsenal’s #2 Wojciech Szczęsny could benefit a good deal from this move. Arsenal have never had a world-class goalkeeper and individual blunders that have resulted in losses is a story that comes about almost every season. For example; Szczęsny’s gifts to Southampton last season, in the form of two pathetic blunders, that resulted in a 2-0 loss is something that Arsenal fans won’t forget soon. But may just be able to now Čech has signed.
Football pundits and commentators over the years have emphasised the need of a world-class stopper and Čech seems to have answered the need. Even former Arsenal keeper, David Seaman believes this is a good move. Only recently the Englishman said,
“Chelsea’s loss could, and likely will, be Arsenal’s gain. In my opinion this signing could genuinely be the difference between who will come first and who will come second next season.”
Even the Chelsea Captain, John Terry, is in all praise for Čech with him saying
“Petr Čech would be worth between 12 and 15 points a season to Arsenal.”
Besides the experience that Čech will inject into the Arsenal squad, he is a proven mentor and leader. His experience with organizing the defence is something Arsenal could use. With Arsenal’s defensive line shuffled about so often lately, an orchestrator could do wonders at the back.
It wasn’t JUST Arsenal players wishing Čech good luck…
So, can this then be termed as a Čech well cashed? I believe so. With a new lucrative deal with Puma, the recent signings of two of La Liga’s biggest players in Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez and now a world class goalkeeper in Petr Čech, Arsenal will fight with the biggest names in Europe in the transfer windows – and – can now seriously challenge for the Premier League as well.