Former Chelsea and Marseille striker, Tony Cascarino, reckons that Arsenal could be looking to buy a replacement goalkeeper for Petr Cech in January.
Cascarino was unimpressed with Cech’s performance against Leicester on Friday during Arsenal’s narrow 4-3 win at the Emirates. As were most Gooners.
The ex-Republic of Ireland international is so unconvinced by the 35-year-old’s current form that he believes the Gunners could look to replace him as soon as January.
“I’m not sure that Petr Cech will be No 1 at Arsenal come the end of season,” Cascarino wrote in the Times [via Express].
“The 35-year-old is nowhere near the level he was and rather than using his experience to compensate for fading ability he looks increasingly shaky in goal.
“He’s playing on reputation but I’m not sure David Ospina is good enough to replace him.
“If this becomes a problem Arsene Wenger may have to look at buying a goalkeeper in January.”
Cech was at fault for at least Leicester’s first goal when he was caught ball-watching and allowed Shinji Okazaki to score from close range.
It wasn’t the first time that the former Czech international, who was once known as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, has made simple mistakes since signing from Chelsea in 2015, and by the looks of things, it won’t be the last.
Cech appears to be well past his best, completely failing to save any penalties last season and becoming increasingly vulnerable at his near post.
Of course, most agree with Cascarino that David Ospina isn’t good enough to step in as Arsenal’s #1, which led people to get excited about the prospect of Wojciech Szczesny returning from his two years on loan at Roma to take up the role he was always meant to have.
But no. He was shipped off to sit on Juve’s bench for £10m.
Cech has two years left on his current deal, so the idea that Arsene Wenger will be bringing someone in before then isn’t exactly outlandish.