After an impeccable performance last season, Cech’s place was obviously still under threat as the young Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, on loan from Chelsea, had an even better season in Spain.
The Chelsea Boss has made his preference in the goalkeeping department clear enough as Courtois has been the undisputed first choice thus far this season, with Cech having to be content with capital one cup games and Champions League ties against the minnows in the group.
Rumors all over English tabloids suggest that Arsene Wenger might make a move for the 34 year old veteran to solidify his squad leading up to the second half of the season. With Chelsea showing a willingness to sell to rivals in the past, the deal should go through if the Frenchman agrees to pay Chelsea’s asking price.
It is obvious that the London side is spoilt for choice in the goal keeping department with Thibaut Courtois, Petr Cech and Mark Schwarzer all world class goal keepers under their books, the Blues won’t have a problem making good money while still maintaining the overall quality of their squad.
Although the Czech international is willing to see out his contract, he would be happy to see current status quo change;
“Everyone is asking me what if and what will happen. As a player that has two years on his contract, I cannot make the choice. It’s simple. If the club says; you are staying here, then I’ll be staying. I can only leave if the club lets me go and that is not the case”
“I’m doing my best to change the situation. I want to play as often as possible and be prepared to be ass goos as possible for the fixtures in the New Year”- Petr Cech
With Cech already an obvious upgrade on the current Arsenal goalkeeper, a lot of thought has to be put into the decision of bringing a goalkeeper that would displace Wojciech Szczesny right away and stunt the growth of a goalkeeper who’s only 24 and already one of the best young keepers in football.
Notwithstanding, this move makes more sense for all the parties involved, much more than it doesn’t. For Arsenal they get a more consistent, experienced and world class keeper, while Chelsea finally begin to reduce their overwhelming number of Foreign based professionals by selling a foreign player and replacing him with Jamal Blackman currently at Middleborough to help their homegrown quota.
Cech would seem to be the biggest gainer, if the move were to go through, as he gets at least a 3 year contract, which is a shift from Chelsea’s one year extension policy for players over 30, he gets a better salary and a chance to at least compete for silverware in the league, as well as in Europe.
There’s an advantage for the Premier League as it gets to keep a phenomenal goal-keeper in the league, as well as create an even better atmosphere during derby matches between the two London rivals.