Arsenal have somewhat been given a January transfer boost as £120,000-a-week star’s agent have declared that his client will listen to offers of a move away from current club albeit an exceptional bid.
According to Daily Star, Arsenal have been encouraged to make a bid for Chelsea’s goalkeeper, Petr Cech.
The 32-year old Chelsea legend has been knocked off the perch in his decade-old capacity as the club’s Number 1, in favour of young Belgian shot stopper Thibaut Courtois. Cech has had to rely on injuries to Courtois for opportunities to get a sniff in the League, but it is believed that he could be open to a move away from Stamford Bridge to continue a run of regular football.
Cech’s agent Viktor Kolar has, perhaps, added more fuel to the possibility of an exit by calling on Wenger to make a bid for him.
“It’s unlikely Petr will leave Chelsea in the January transfer window.” Kolar was quoted as saying.
“The club and coach want to keep him to help win the title. I think Arsenal should have made an offer to him. I think Petr would be considering it.”
Wenger has being heard saying he wouldn’t move for the Czech International, even as Jose Mourinho did say he would not let him go in January, especially due to the scare last week to Courtois. The Cheslea boos surely would know that injuries could spring up at any point in the season and seeing they will still be in 4 competitions by January, it’s hard to imagine one goalkeeper doing all that. Plus, Mourinho would not sell to Wenger, even if it were for him to gain Ozil.
However, if it happens, it would mean that Wenger could have three top goalkeepers at his disposal come the second half of the season, Cech being a real quality addition to the duo of Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina. Ospina was signed to rival Szczesny for the Number 1 jersey after we let Fabianski go but given the Colombian’s injury-plagued start to his Arsenal career, it could be worth the punt that another back-up be made ready should he not become fit enough for the challenge ahead. Szczesny has not had much to be blamed for this season, besides the rush-of-blood incident that got him sent off in the Champions League home game against Galatasaray.
Cech’s quality is there for all to see, being at the core of Chelsea teams who won three League titles, FA Cups as well as Champions League and Europa League trophies. He will arrive the Emirates with a wealth of experience, creating an improved degree of calm and assurance in our sometimes unsettled defence. And there is a good reason to believe he will really consider coming to Arsenal as against the other clubs mentioned, as his family is already very settled in London.
But Wenger has shown faith in giving Szczesny chance after chance to prove himself capable of keeping a first-choice place for the long-term. At 24, he can still be said to be learning his trade and last season’s stats showed he did make significant strides in growing more into his role, sharing the Golden Glove award for number of clean sheets kept in the League with Petr Cech. Again, Wenger must rate Ospina very highly to have chosen him as the one to battle Szczesny and will likely give him more opportunities to do so when he eventually returns from his injury lay off.
There is also the issue of a bulging wage bill that needs to be managed, and that won’t exactly be the case were we to take up Cech’s £120,000-a-week package, clearly too much to handle for a 32-year old back up.
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