Petr Cech’s form for Arsenal this season may ultimately make him Jose Mourinho’s biggest transfer mistake.
The Czech Republic goalkeeper was sold by the Portuguese in the summer, bringing an end to a successful 11-year stint at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea.
However his displays between the sticks are helping the Gunners mount a title challenge, and if he maintains his form then it may end with the Londoners winning the crown for the first time since 2004.
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Having lost his place to Thibaut Courtois last term, Cech was granted his wish to leave Chelsea with Arsenal moving swiftly to beat Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain to his signature.
The 33-year-old has been a revelation ever since, and his solid showing in the club’s comfortable 2-0 victory over Aston Villa saw him equal David James’ record for most clean sheets in the top flight.
Whilst they have performed admirably in an attacking sense, their defensive record has been vastly improved since Cech’s arrival with the club conceding just 13 goals, one more than Tottenham Hotspur.
It is a far cry from the days where Wojciech Szczesny, Manuel Almunia and Lukas Fabianski would be selected, with Cech the greatest goalkeeper to play for the club since the days of Jens Lehmann and David Seaman.
Though Courtois is world-class, and Asmir Begovic a capable deputy, Mourinho’s decision to sell Cech to Arsenal is one that appears increasingly incredulous by the week.
However, at least the signing will not separate the two teams in the league table, with Chelsea’s slump down the table meaning their chances of retaining the title appear remote.
Mourinho often loved to start feuds with Arsene Wenger, often mocking the Frenchman’s long wait to land the country’s biggest domestic prize, but the fact of the matter is he may have given his rival the means of which to land the trophy he craves the most.
The Portuguese was sacked by Roman Abramovich on Thursday, much to the displeasure of the majority of Chelsea fans and since his departure, the Blues have beaten Sunderland in the Premier League and hired Guus Hiddink as interim manager for the second time.
The way that the Blues dismissed Cech in favour of Courtois will no doubt rankle with the 33-year-old who will be determined to help the Gunners win the league title.
Their victory over Villa last weekend moved them above favourites Manchester City, whom they play on Monday night.
If he does help Arsenal win the league then it will be Mourinho’s biggest mistake. Letting Kevin De Bruyne go was one thing, yet selling Cech to their biggest rivals was a different error altogether.
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