What Do You Think Of The Cech Signing Arsenal & Chelsea Fans?

So finally, Petr Cech is an Arsenal player. #WelcomeCech

But what do you Arsenal (and Chelsea fans) think of the move?

From what I understand, Jose Mourinho (and the majority of Chelsea supporters) were against the move, while it was a conversation with Roman Abramovich that paved the way for a move across to the red side of London.

On the surface, it does seem like a very strange one.

Most pundits and fans alike accept that Petr Cech is still a top goalkeeper who has something to offer a top Premier League side, although the number of years he can do it for is debatable – some say he can last another 2 seasons, some say he could play at the top until he’s 40.

Either way, the move makes no sense from a Chelsea perspective. Even if Cech was in decline, his move strengthens Arsenal in a position we have struggled to find a solution to for the last 10 seasons – and again, even if Cech lasts 2 seasons then the wealth of experience and knowledge about the game would give Szczesny invaluable tutoring.

Szczesny is not a bad goalkeeper. But he is young and needs guidance from a world class goalkeeper, and that is what Petr Cech is. Over the next 2/3 seasons, while Cech is Arsenal’s Number One, Szczesny will be improving at a rapid rate under Cech’s wing, at an age where the Pole will look to reach his peak.

So again, the move is fantastic for Arsenal on a number of levels.

There’s also rumours that Cech’s goalkeeping coach will join Arsenal as well, which is another plus for the young and developing Szczesny.

Szczesny came out in support of Petr Cech’s arrival (although I appreciate he can’t really do much else) but you can be sure that Arsene Wenger has sat the young goalkeeper down and said something along the lines of that he needs to knuckle down, work hard and learn from the best. And then when Cech does hang up his gloves in a couple of years he will be ready to be Arsenal’s Number One for the next 10 years.

It’s a win-win scenario for Arsenal which ever way you look at it!

So what do you think? Leave your thoughts and comments in the section below!

Is Cech Still Coming To Arsenal? And Does Anyone Believe The Vidal Rumours?

The last we heard, Petr Cech was apparently having a medical on Friday at Arsenal. Since then, nothing.

Some reports suggest that the deal will be announced tomorrow, but when Chelsea involved I wouldn’t be surprised if something has happened to the deal.

Other rumours (mainly from Twitter) suggest that Alexis Sanchez has “persuaded” Arturo Vidal to spurn advances from clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United – and will join Arsenal after the Copa America has finished.

Apparently the news has come from the same agent that declared that Alexis Sanchez was going to join Arsenal after last summers World Cup.

So what do you think will happen with Cech and Vidal?

Take the poll below and vote for the most likely transfer scenario!

Mourinho Is Letting Cech Join Arsenal Because He Is Past It!

As the signing of Petr Cech is apparently being wrapped up, the general consensus is that it’s a great move for Arsenal – but is it?

For around £10.9 million if you believe the latest reports, we are getting an experienced goalkeeper who has won everything in the game – including the Premier League four times, FA Cup four times, the League Cup three times as well as the Europa League and the Champions League.

You’d probably struggle to find a more successful goalkeeper in recent times, apart from Iker Casillas and Victor Valdes.

On the surface it’s a no brainer. He is a fantastic goalkeeper, a player with a wealth of experience and someone who is used to winning.

So what’s the problem?

My biggest concern is Jose Mourinho. This is the man who can’t stand Arsenal, and likes Arsene Wenger even less. He is not a man to give Arsenal an inch, nevermind a mile (if you believe the opinions about Petr Cech – that’s basically what Chelsea are giving us).

Don’t forget, this is the manager who wouldn’t let us have Demba Ba a couple of summers ago because we bought Mesut Özil and we therefore “genuine title contenders”.

So if Jose Mourinho didn’t want us to have what was essentially a second rate striker as it would apparently strengthen us, then why on earth would he let us have Petr Cech?

Forget all this rubbish about Mourinho being unhappy at Cech moving to a rival and Cech being rewarded for his 11 years of service – that’s all smoke and mirrors in the theatre that is football. And John Terry’s opinion that Cech would give us an extra 12-15 points in a season is questionable.

Let’s put it this way – if John Terry, Didier Drogba or Frank Lampard still had “something to give” then could you see them joining Arsenal? Exactly.

Like Mourinho, his most loyal lieutenants would never help, nevermind join, Arsenal. Petr Cech is in that category and we all know how Jose Mourinho works. If he was truly unhappy that Cech was moving to us, he wouldn’t be as quiet as he is now. Mourinho is no shrinking violet and he would be swearing, shouting and kicking up a massive fuss in the press – but no, he has been relatively mute about the whole thing.

All he cares about is winning at all costs and that would include not letting a very good player join a rival. That is something Arsenal would do, selling Robin van Persie to Manchester United, Ashley Cole to Chelsea and about half of the Arsenal squad to Manchester City. Chelsea only sell to lower league teams or clubs who are abroad.

Jose Mourinho and Chelsea are playing clever mind games and basically, don’t think Petr Cech is any good any more. That’s the only reason why they are letting us have him but they can’t be seen to letting him go “too easily” so they are putting up a fight.

Mourinho may be a massive bell end / tosser / wanker (delete as appropriate) but he is a hugely intelligent man when it comes to football. I don’t have to like the man but you have to respect him in terms of his achievements in football. Remember when he was a Real Madrid? He dropped Iker Casillas when he thought he was in decline and he was proved right. He has seen Petr Cech in training week in, week out, and knows how good Petr Cech still is. Chelsea have no reason to sell and have never been held to ransom over any player wanting a move – so why now?

The bottom line is Petr Cech was a great goalkeeper but is in deep decline and Jose Mourinho doesn’t mind if he moves to Arsenal.

Arsenal Ready To Spend £200 Million On These FOUR Superstars!

Gossip, speculation, clickbait… that’s pretty much all football related news is during the summer on the Internet.

Silly season is just that, silly, and the rumours that go around are just ridiculous. Websites, blogs and social media are fully of crap which for some reason, the fans lap up.

Everyone on Twitter seems to be ITK (In The Know if you didn’t know) and it seems like people just pull out random names from their arse and people believe the made up story.

We’ve been linked with an amazing 26 players this summer alone, and it’s not even July yet, and that’s why I’ve setup a dedicated page listing every player Arsenal have been linked with over the summer transfer window – because I want to see how ridiculous the final list is when the window shuts firmly shut in September.

There are basically 3 types of “speculation” which I’ve outlined below:

Completely Made Up Rumours:

These are exactly what the title suggests. A player is picked from random and linked to another random club. There’s no rhyme or reason to the link, it’s just completely made up and the more obscure the link is, the more football supporters are intrigued. If anything in the world of football madness the most left-field the rumour is, the more press it seems to get. Although unconfirmed, it is rumoured that the method used to match a football club to a player is similar to that of drawing out lottery numbers.

Example: Arsenal’s bid for Charles Aranguiz

2 Plus 2 Equals 5 Rumours:

These at least have some imagination to them. Basically the premise here is that you identify a clubs “apparent” weakness (or area in which they need strengthening) and then find a player who could fill that void. Arsenal fans know that they need a new goalkeeper and could do with a top striker, so cue links to players in those positions. On the surface, the link makes sense, but it’s just based on “educated” guesses and the vast majority of times there’s not even a spec of truth in the rumour.

Example: Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain, Jackson Martinez, the list goes on…

Agent Fuelled Rumours:

Then you have the “insider knowledge”. But the insider is a football agent who is trying to either get the biggest price and best move for his client, or a better deal at his current club. We’ve been linked to Karim Benzema for the last 5 years now and he’s never moved. Wayne Rooney for example is a master of this tactic, pretending that he wants to move on but ends up staying and getting a massively improved contract.

Example: Arsenal’s laughable interest ing Raheem Sterling

So there you have it, the 3 main sources of all these transfer rumours. Obviously these made up rumours are big business because even the official Arsenal website has stooped to their level and has its own “Media Watch” section on their site.

It’s amazing how a complete disregard of common sense occurs when it comes to football transfers. Arsenal have a strict wage structure and wouldn’t change that for anyone. Arsene also only signs players who fit into the ethos of the club, and would fit into our style of play. If people just applied a bit of thought to the speculation, we’d probably all be a little better off.

Oops, I almost forgot I promised you four superstars. Er… let’s call them The… you know what I can’t even be arsed making something up.

Arsenal’s 2005/2016 Fixtures & New Arsenal Kit Thoughts

The new fixtures for the 2015/2016 season have been announced and you can see the full list here, on the official Arsenal website.

We host West Ham United on the opening day, and then have games against Crystal Palace (A), Liverpool (H), Newcastle United (A), Stoke City (H), Chelsea (A) and Leicester City (A) to complete the fixtures for August/September.

We start October with a home fixture against Manchester United, we have Tottenham at home in November and then we have Manchester City in mid-December.

I’ve always said you should judge Arsenal after the first 10 games and see where they are then. Last season, we had an awful start and that, in the end, made a difference to our title challenge. Our form from January onwards was the best in the entire league, but our World Cup hangover put us in a position where we had too much to do to catch Chelsea.

So the lesson is clear – we need to start the season in top top form.

Chelsea topped the league for pretty much the whole season, so giving them an early lead is simply not an option. Our first 10 games in full are:

West Ham United (H)
Crystal Palace (A)
Liverpool (H)
Newcastle United (A)
Stoke City (H)
Chelsea (A)
Leicester City (A)
Manchester United (H)
Watford (A)
Everton (H)

Out of the 10 games, there are 4 games where we could drop points, and the others should* be straightforward.

(* but things are never straight forward in football are they?)

The games against Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Everton are most likely to be the ones where we could have problems. Liverpool are an unknown quantity at the moment and depending on their transfer dealings in the summer, could either be a real threat or sitting ducks. Chelsea will be formidable as always and at Stamford Bridge I would like Arsenal just not to lose that one. Manchester United at home will be tough, with LVG not afraid to park the bus and Everton are one of those sides that on their day, can cause problems.

The other games though should be winnable.

So it’s vital Arsenal are ready to come out of the blocks flying and get as many points on the board as early as possible. By mid-October we should know if Arsenal are capable of mounting a real title challenge.

Arsenal also launched a new home kit for the 2015/2016 season and by all accounts, Puma once again pulled out all the stops and delivered a big kit launch.

Danny Welbeck, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky, Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin were all in attendance, alongside Arsenal legend and Puma ambassador Thierry Henry who introduced proceedings.

But what about the kit itself?

I think it looks good but that’s pretty much it.

Will I be buying it?

Probably not.

I spent a lot of money (from the official Arsenal store) on last seasons home shirt, which had Alexis 17 on the back and I also had Premier League patches added on as well. It cost me a lot of money and I always buy my shirts from Arsenal – but I can’t really justify buying this seasons one. It’s only going to last one season and I’m still a bit miffed that the shirt I bought only lasted one campaign.

I understand about maximising revenues but one kit a season is to me, ridiculous. And to be perfectly honest, the new kit is “kind of similar” to the one I’ve already purchased so I won’t be losing any sleep over not having this one.

In terms for Arsenal shirts, I’ve pretty much bought every single home one since the 1993-1994 season in the good old JVC days. I also have quite a few away shirts (including the 1989 yellow one, signed by Paul Merson) to boot so have spent a hell of a lot of money on Arsenal shirts. But I just can’t justify buying the new one for this season, unless I somehow manage to get a big windfall of cash come my way!