What would the Czech Republic and Chelsea goalkeeper bring to Arsenal?
1. First and foremost, Petr Cech is an experienced and proven goalkeeper. He has won multiple Premier League’s and a Champions League, and therefore will come with a winning mentality. A trait the Arsenal players are starting to learn themselves after back-to-back FA Cup victories.
2. Secondly, Cech will provide Arsenal with some stability in goal. A position that has been filled by players that weren’t quite good enough, mistake prone, or just down right incompetent, since the depature of Jens Lehman all too long ago now. Funnily enough, it is David Ospina who is probably the best goalkeeper Arsenal have had since those days, but now looks likely to leave with Petr Cech’s arrival, who is still nonetheless, an upgrade.
3. Arsene Wenger claimed it was Ospina who is the best goalkeeper in the league, statistically. But he was wrong. Petr Cech may have only played 7 games in the league this season, but he did have a statistically better save percentage than Ospina. 88% compared to just 80%. Meanwhile Szczesny’s 60% is not even worth a look in. Then clean sheets and mistakes made, also epitomise Cech’s level of professionalism and that is a general word-class talent. He is the best of three. The stats don’t lie, do they Arsene.
4. Petr Cech will also bring with him, his leadership. He will command the back four as any good keeper should, but this is something we haven’t seen at Arsenal for all too long. It is this traditional sense of a goalkeeper commanding his box, his area, that we haven’t seen. Making any loose balls his. Making the defenders sure of where their man is, and where they should be. The keeper sees the whole game, and this communication and leadership is key to not conceding.
5. Finally, Arsenal now have a vacancy in the form of a goalkeeping coach position, after previous coach, Tony Roberts, left to join Swansea last week. Chelsea coach, Christpohe Lollichon, followed Cech to Chelsea from Rennes in 2007. It looks likely this could be something else Cech brings with him. Is this all a coincidence? I think not. Lollichon believes Cech has “3 or 4 excellent seasons” left in him. And what better way to prolong your career at the top, than to bring the coach who knows you better than anyone with you?