It’s been a reasonably encouraging start to the 2014/15 campaign for Arsenal - but without a world-class goalkeeper they have virtually no chance of winning the Premier League title. Wojciech Szczesny does not fall into that category of goalkeeper, but Chelsea’s Petr Cech does - and Arsene Wenger would be mad if he doesn’t at least attempt to sign the want-away Blues star this week.
Cech has been reduced to the role of back-up goalkeeper to Thibaut Courtois over the past week, which came as no real surprise. The Czech Republic international must have expected as much when it was revealed that Jose Mourinho was not prepared to send the Belgium starlet out on loan for a fourth consecutive season.
But it’s believed that Cech, 32, is furious with Mourinho because of the way in which the situation has been handled and subsequently wants to leave Stamford Bridge before the transfer window closes on September 1.
Arsenal tick all the boxes for Cech
Arsenal would surely tick all the boxes for Cech, whose family are now settled in London, having arrived in the English capital ten years ago.
It’s believed that French champions Paris Saint-Germain are keen, along with AS Monaco and a few Spanish clubs, but Cech feels at home in London and would prefer to stay put if possible.
Arsenal would be able to match Cech’s wages - and they can also offer him Champions League football, along with the opportunity to add to his substantial silverware collection.
And he could replace Szczesny - a decent goalkeeper, but nowhere near the level of Cech - as the number one at the Emirates Stadium.
Cech: Better goalkeeper than Szczesny
Cech, despite his advancing years, still has at least another six years at the very top level left him in. This is the goalkeeper who was named in the PFA’s 2013/14 Premier League Team of the Year, after all.
And although Mourinho and Wenger don’t have the best relationship, the former knows he owes Cech a big favour after unceremoniously replacing him this week.
Arsenal with Cech would be far more likely to win this season’s Premier League title compared to Arsenal with Szczesny - and Wenger must acknowledge this.
It might seem like a long-shot but, given the situation Cech currently finds himself in at Stamford Bridge, Wenger would be crazy not to make an audacious enquiry this week.