Well it was finally confirmed this afternoon. Petr Cech, one of the best goalkeepers ever to have set foot on these fine shores, has joined the mighty red and white. Although I feel a little sorry for Ospina, who has done almost nothing wrong since replacing the Pole between poles, Arsenal have made a very, very good addition with Cech. Not only does he bring tons of experience, including that all important one of having won the title and CL so he knows what to say to his team mates when the nerves hit the roof, he also will have given himself a new lease of life by joining Arsenal; and the club can only benefit from it. I don’t need to tell you how long he has been a Chav, the medals and number of golden glows he has won, and how important a player he has been for club and country: the Czech signing is on a par with getting Ozil and Alexis, as I expect a similar impact on the team and our performances.
There are very few Chavs I would ever consider donning the shirt, but Cech is definitely one of them. His calm and organisational skills, combined with his technical ability make him the ideal goalkeeper for us. It will allow us to replace the BFG more regularly, as Cech can lead the more energetic CBs of Koz and our ‘Brazilian Keown’, Paulista, in front of him. But the combination of Cech-Koz-BFG will also hold a lot of experience and calm – a fine base for the rest of the team to build on. We all know that Per is not the perfect CB as he lacks pace and turns like a Giraffe on ice, but his organisational and positioning skills are of the highest quality. With Cech we finally have cover for the BFG, albeit in a different position.
I am no expert on goalkeepers and it positively has always been the last position I wanted to play in, but Cech is certainly an improvement on both Ospina and Szczesny. The former is also calm and organised but his lack of height is a disadvantage that sooner or later is going to be exposed; the latter has plenty of qualities but his lack of concentration, especially in those games in which he has very little to do but also in the top games, has been a problem for a long time now. Yes, Wojciech is still young and will undoubtedly improve, but he has not pushed on enough to make himself our nr1 GK again any time soon. If we want to move on to the next level, a top quality nr.1 goalkeeper is a must. And with either Wojciech or Ospina we have very good nr.2s, although they might both decide to leave this summer…
I have no doubt that Petr Cech will also make mistakes now and again, as he is definitely not perfect. But what he will add will be considerably more than we have now: calm, organisation, experience and, above all, personality. Not so much the in-your-face personality, but more that of a quiet, ultra-confident giant.
I am sure all our players will welcome him with open arms but have no doubt that Rosicky is the happiest of them all: maybe he realises now why Wenger would not let him go this summer! 🙂
Welcome to the home of football, Petr; let’s hope you give the ‘Fabianski-curse’ to your former team! 😉