Petr Cech has finally joined Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal for a fee believed to be in the region of €14 million. The 33-year old comes with a wealth of experience and several honours to his name, including the 2012 Champions League trophy. The Czech international had lost his starting spot at Chelsea to Belgian talent Thibaut Courtois last season, and was keen to become a number one goalkeeper again.
Arsenal on the other hand, have struggled for consistency in goal for years. Last season, neither Poland international Wojciech Szczesny nor Colombian David Ospina were convincing enough and arguably cost the Gunners a number of points in the process. The latter was recently linked with a move to Turkey and it seems as though, at least one of Arsenal’s goalkeepers will have to leave the Emirates, with little doubt over Petr Cech’s abilities.
This transfer gives Arsenal a level of defensive quality that has been missing since the days of former German international Jens Lehmann. As such, the Gunners already look very different from last season’s team and further intelligent additions during the transfer window might finally give the club the opportunity to compete at the very top.