by Lee Hurley
I still don’t think Arsenal will sign a goalkeeper this summer but, if they do, Petr Cech’s assertion that he would like to stay in London could be perceived as a ‘come and get me’ plea.
Arsene Wenger has already said that he feels he has three world class keepers at the club and with David Ospina only just arriving, Wojciech Szczesny insisting that he’s going nowhere and Emi Martinez tipped as a future number one at the club by the Rotherham boss during his time on loan with the club, it’s hard to see just where a figure like Cech would fit in.
Speaking to the press, Cech said “I will decide based on what for me and my family was the best and it does not matter whether it is England, Germany, France and Spain.
“Next week we will have a meeting with Chelsea when the situation is clearer and all the cards are on the table. If I move, it brings difficulties. I must change everything, looking for housing, a school for children and so on.”
So on the one hand he doesn’t mind where he moves but it does seem like he would rather not uproot his family which is understandable.
But to go back to the point made above – where does he fit? Cech isn’t going to another club to simply sit on the bench – he could just stay at Chelsea, a club where he is hailed as a legend if he wanted to do that. He will need assurances about being a number one and he’s not going to get that at arsenal.
Manchester United would perhaps be the most likely option with David de Gea seemingly set for a return to Spain with Real Madrid. Of course, they could always opt for Hugo Lloris which would leave a vacancy at Tottenham, but that hardly seems like a move befitting a keeper of Cech’s stature and ability.