Our one and only signing so far this summer has been former Chelsea shot-stopper Petr Cech, but David James claims we made the wrong decision, as reported by the Express.
The ex-England and Liverpool keeper believes we shouldn’t have signed Cech, and instead should have gone for Asmir Begovic – who recently completed a move from Stoke City to Chelsea to replace Cech.
James claims that Cech is no longer at his best, and that Begovic would have been a better signing due to his age.
“Petr Cech is a very good goalkeeper but he’s not at his best,” James said, as quoted by the Express.
“At 33 years of age, there’s nothing to say he can’t get back to his best form though.
“If he does then Arsenal still have one hell of a goalkeeper but Chelsea still get £11million for a 33-year-old with one year left on his deal.
“They have gone out and bought Asmir Begovic, who was sought after by many big clubs in the last two or three years, and been one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.
“He’s got age on his side and, alongside Thibaut Courtois, you’ve got two of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League with 15-plus years ahead of them.
“If I was an Arsenal fan I would have been happier to have signed Begovic.”
If we were talking about the Begovic of few years ago then it would be hard to argue, as he was unquestionably one of the Premier League’s best shot-stoppers at one point in time. He has dropped way down the rankings recently however, and is no longer even comparable to Cech.
The fact that he has opted for a move to Chelsea – who let a keeper the quality of Cech go because he was second choice behind Thibaut Courtois – suggests that he has all but given up on his career and is content to just sit there and collect his paycheck.
Begovic is unlikely to see much game time beyond a few Capital One Cup games, and despite what James says, it’s hard to see how we’ve made the wrong choice.