Arsenal’s move for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech now rests solely on the decision of Blues owner Roman Abramovich, with Jose Mourinho reluctant to let his trusted lieutenant move across London, The Telegraph reports.
Cech has become a ‘priority’ for us, as the report suggests, yet any potential move will require sanctioning from the Chelsea owner. The Telegraph claims that the 32-year-old shot stopper has indicated that he wants to remain in London, which should give us the edge in the race for his signature.
After losing his previously secure place to Thibaut Courtois, Cech inevitably wants to seek pastures new this summer. We’ve been linked with a £10m move for the Czech international, whilst we’re also preparing to offer him £120,000 a week (via The Sun).
David Ospina’s error against Swansea City only highlighted our need for a top-quality option between the sticks, and if we’re to realistically challenge for the league title then it must be a priority.
The notion that a team can’t win the league without a sensational shot-stopper is further illustrated by the last three title-winning teams and their No.1s compared to ours.
Manchester United won with David de Gea in-goal in 2013. Manchester City lifted the title once again with Joe Hart between the sticks last term, and this season Courtois has been colossal for Chelsea.
It is time for Arsene Wenger to find a long-term solution to a long-term problem.