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.