I Told You All That Petr Cech Was Well Past It 8 Weeks Ago!

Arsene Wenger has been lauded as a genius for bringing in Petr Cech. Finally, Arsenal had a world class goalkeeper since the days of David Season (and Jens Lehmann of the Invincibles season). The era of Almunia, Fabianski and Szczesny making mistakes which would cost us valuable points was over.

This was a new dawn, a new chapter in Arsenal’s history.

But then Petr Cech made his debut for Arsenal and it quickly became apparent that he wasn’t the messiah, the man to come and save us.

He was actually an ageing goalkeeper who was past it and nowhere near being at the world class standard we all thought he was.

I wrote way back in June that Chelsea only sold Petr Cech because he was past it, and yet again I have been proved right when all others thought otherwise.

I hate being right all the time.

Look, everyone makes mistakes. But yesterday was an utter shambles, a disgrace and if you’re not disgusted then you just have to laugh. After debating whether Szczesny or Ospina were the better option we brought in Cech and suddenly the problem was solved and those two goalkeepers were regarded as squad players.

The fact is Arsenal are now in a worse position than they were before they signed Cech! Szczesny has moved to Italy and is on loan at AS Roma for the 2015/2016 season. Ospina is still at the club and after his performances last season you would like to see him back in the team – while unspectacular, at least he didn’t make two glaring mistakes in a single game.

The performance from Petr Cech has been played down as simply a bad day at the office. But the mistakes aren’t just mistakes. The first mistake from Cech was simple decision making. There was no way in hell he was going to win that aerial battle and he was in no mans land.

The second was amateurish and you can cover it up however you like, it was a howler of epic proportions. A nothing shot managed to go in at the near post from 20 yards out. It wasn’t struck particularly well or had so much power that Cech didn’t have a chance to react – it was a poor shot that should have been saved.

Petr Cech is a goalkeeper lacking in confidence after being on Chelsea’s bench last season and I’ve already mentioned that Jose Mourinho wouldn’t let him leave unless he thought he was past it. Yes, publicly Mourinho is always going to “oppose” his departure – he’s hardly going to give him his blessing is he? Mourinho has played the media to his tune and all the watching crowd (Arsenal fans in particular) have lapped it all up.

If Petr Cech was that good, then they wouldn’t have brought in Thibaut Courtois last season. If Petr Cech was that good they would have kept him at Chelsea (remember, no-one leaves Chelsea unless they want them to).

Is it completely outrageous to think that Arsenal have been duped? Petr Cech wants more regular football and Chelsea want a direct rival to “weaken” so what’s the ideal solution? Jose Mourinho is many things but he’s not stupid – he’s seen Petr Cech in training God knows how many times and let’s for a moment consider that he believes Cech is past it.

Selling him to club like Arsenal would be perfect – Cech gets a big new contract and is financially secure for the next 3/4 seasons, Chelsea get £11 million for a goalkeeper they consider surplus to requirements and a direct rival is weakened in a position they have never really looked strong in.

Only time will tell but before the season started the “experts” said Petr Cech was worth an extra 10/15 points to Arsenal. Well I’m not sure how true that is going to turn out to be as he’s already cost us 3 points already.

What An Absolute F*cking Farce! Same Old Arsenal Bottle It Again!

Last week I wrote that if Arsenal don’t sign a world class striker, then we will not win the league. And only 3 days later, Arsenal go ahead and prove me right.

After Chelsea suffered a surprise draw against Swansea yesterday, then today was a perfect chance to get 3 points on the board and give ourselves an excellent start in our Premier League campaign.

But what happened?

The same old Arsenal happened.

Should we be surprised? You can also write the script before the season even starts:

  1. Great optimism in the summer, after a decent pre-season and good signings.
  2. Sloppy start to the season, then we end up playing catch up for the rest of the campaign.
  3. We throw away stupid points because of awful goalkeeping mistakes.
  4. We suffer injuries to key players which hamper our title challenge.
  5. We will then go on a decent 15 game unbeaten run.
  6. We end up finishing 3rd/4th.

Have I missed anything?

The signing of Petr Cech was lauded as the final piece in Arsenal’s title challenging team, a man who was supposed to give Arsenal an extra 10/15 points to our season. Instead he was quite simply awful. He made a complete howler for West Ham’s first goal and for the second… I am lost for words.

It looks like another case of David Ospina coming in again after our first choice goalkeeper has lost the plot.

Jose Mourinho must be laughing his head off – his former goalkeeper was the main reason why one of Chelsea’s title rivals threw away 3 points.

The performance from the whole team was limp and we haven’t learnt any lessons at all from the previous 10 barren seasons.

What a joke, and I suppose our hopes this season are on trying to win the FA Cup again.

Arsenal Just Can’t Win The Title Without A New Striker

Arsenal’s only signing of note this summer is Petr Cech, the 33 year old goalkeeper from Chelsea. While he is definitely an upgrade from Ospina and Szczesny, who has now departed for AS Roma on a season long loan.

But apart from that, we’ve been quiet in the transfer market. It doesn’t mean we haven’t been linked with a plethora of players though.

There’s no doubt the Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez will be even bigger players for us this season, and fringe players such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will (hopefully) make a bigger impact if they can stay injury free. I would have included Jack Wilshere to that list but today it was revealed he’ll be out for 6 to 8 weeks.

Olivier Giroud is a player who divides opinion, and I’m in the camp that thinks that he is just not good enough to win the Premier League. He is a top striker, and a great player to have on the bench when Plan A isn’t working, but he shouldn’t be our first option. He’s brilliant against the lower sides in the league and can be used in a rotation system, but he’s just not good enough.

Look at the title winning teams of the recent past. Chelsea have Diego Costa and used to have Didier Drogba – who was a phenomenal striker, he really was. Strong and powerful but also quick and deadly – he was a real allrounder. Manchester United have had Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Ruud van Nistelrooy and even Berbatov who was decent. Manchester City have had strikers such as Carlos Tevez and Kun Aguero as their main man, with the likes of Edin Dzeko waiting in the wings who were also decent players.

We don’t have that striker who is world class, that player we need to win the title. We need that special forward who can create something from nothing in the big games. Against Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and even Tottenham Hotspur, Giroud can’t make that difference. His goalscoring record against the top teams is very poor indeed.

We’ve been linked with Karim Benzema, but it’s unlikely that he will be leaving Real Madrid and doesn’t seem keen. So who can we get?

We’re finally in a position where Arsenal have the funds to spend big money, like we did with Özil and Sanchez. But this summer we’ve been distinctly quiet when signing a top top striker would be the final piece in the puzzle. With a world class striker, you’d even fancy us to do well in the Champions League as well. Remember the home game against Monaco when Giroud missed a host of sitters?

The transfer window doesn’t close for a couple of weeks but I’m hoping and praying that Arsene has an ace up his sleeve.

Otherwise it’s another season of finishing in the Top Four.

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?

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