5 Things Petr Cech Will Bring to Arsenal

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?

Sky Sports believe he has already agreed terms with Arsenal, and Chelsea star believes he is worth 15 points a season.

Petr Cech “worth 15 points a season”

Arsenal have agreed personal terms with Chelsea goalkeeper, Petr Cech, according to Sky Sports Sources. 

This comes about after weeks of speculation, with compatriot and Arsenal player, Tomas Rosicky, Chelsea goalkeeping coach, Christophe Lollicon, and now John Terry all speaking out about Cech leaving, with Arsenal on the tips of all of their tongues.

John Terry has said today that:”There is obviously talk of Arsenal signing Petr and if they do get Pete, that will strengthen them for sure. He will save them 12 to 15 points a season” he told Talksport radio station.

“I am sure if he does leave the club, which nobody wants to see, but we understand he wants to play football, he is going to be sorely missed. He will improve whatever side he goes to.”

Jose Mourinho had previously said there was no chance he would let Cech make the switch to their London rivals, if it was down to him.

But it appears that Roman Abromavich has taken a different stance, and is willing to let Cech decide his own future so that he and his family can remain in London. After many years of service to Chelsea, this is a tribute of respect to the long-serving keeper and the least he deserves.

Petr Cech could provide Arsenal some much needed stability in goal, and a world-class goalkeeper that hasn’t been present since Jens Lehman, leaving them more capable of pushing on to mount a serious title challenge.