Arsene Wenger has taken a big risk signing Petr Cech

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Will Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho really regret the transfer of Petr Cech to Arsenal for £10 million this summer?

There is no doubt that Cech has developed a winning mentality during his eleven years at Chelsea, but he is now 33 years old and cannot be expected to be improving at this stage in his career.

For people to say that his best years are ahead of him is complete and utter rubbish. There is no doubt that his best years are behind him - the last 11 years as it happens - and it seems that Chelsea have got a very reasonable price for a 33-year-old player.


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Cech had very little playing time last season being understudy to Thibaut Courtois and rightly so, but you can be sure that if Mourinho was of the opinion that Cech was as good now, as he was a few years ago, you can be sure of two things.

A) He would not of brought Courtois back from Atletico Madrid and b) he would not have allowed the sale of one of his players to a rival Premier League team, especially if he thought it would allow Arsenal to threaten Chelsea's supremacy next season.

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Risky signing for Arsenal?

It must be remembered that when Cech was goalkeeper in Chelsea's title winning years, he was playing behind one of the tightest and meanest defences of the last decade or so, and in his new team, the defence in front of him, will not be anywhere as good as that of Chelsea’s.

The signing of Cech also begs the question: does Arsene Wenger rate his current first-choice goalkeeper, David Ospina, who is currently Colombia's first-choice keeper, and certainly no mug.

Wenger signed him from Nice in 2014, so if he is already looking to replace him with Petr Cech, surely it is obvious that the Arsenal manager has his doubts about Ospina.

On the face of it, buying a 33-year-old goalkeeper who has had limited game time in the last season or so, to replace a 26-year-old goalkeeper is a big risk, and one that could come back to haunt Wenger.

Maybe he would be better advised to try and purchase a couple of defenders who would improve Arsenal's defence, rather than take a risk on an ageing goalkeeper.

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