Ex-Gunner Ray Parlour has weighed in over one of Arsenal’s transfer targets this summer, and claims his former side would be mad not to sign Petr Cech from Chelsea, according to the Evening Standard.
We have two very decent options between the sticks at the moment, with David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny both Premier League quality. While both players would be excellent second choices however, we could certainly improve on our No.1.
Our Colombian summer signing has been excellent since taking the reins from Szczesny, but he hasn’t exactly set the league alight. His fine form has coincided with the excellent performances of the team as a whole, and he is rarely seen making spectacular saves (or arguably even making saves you wouldn’t expect any top flight shot-stopper to make).
Our Polish keeper may be the more talented of the two, and certainly boasts more potential. He has a mistake or two in him however, and regularly makes rash decisions. The appeal of Ospina is that he is reliable, and you get consistent performances from – even if those performances aren’t outstanding.
Cech is not only a top quality shot-stopper, but he is reliable too. He would offer the best of both worlds, and Parlour believes if we can get him for £10 million then we should snap Mourinho’s hand off.
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“Wenger has three or four positions he has got to look at next season,” the former Gunner is quoted as saying by the Standard.
“He needs a central midfielder, he definitely needs a centre-half and the goalkeeping situation needs sorting as well.
“Whether Chelsea would let him go to one of their rivals is the burning question, but if Cech was available for the money reported — about £10million — it is a no-brainer. He would be first on my shopping list. I’d let Szczesny go if he wants to play more regularly because that wouldn’t happen.
“It is nothing against Ospina but when you look at the games Cech has played in and the trophies he has won, he’d be a great addition for Arsenal. If you are going to challenge for the league, you need a top quality goalkeeper which Cech is.”
Not all Parlour’s opinions stand up to questioning – after the signing of Gabriel Paulista this past January, it’s hard to see us bringing a centre-back to the Emirates this summer, for example. He is spot on with Cech however, and if we have the chance to sign the Czech international then we should do everything we can to bring him across London.