The Czech Republic International is only four games short of Karel Poborský from being the most capped Czech International ever with 114 International caps to his name.
Considered as one of the greatest goalkeepers of recent era, Petr Čech holds the record for most number of clean sheets to his name in English Premier League.
During the 2004–05 season, Čech went 1,025 minutes without conceding a goal – a Premier League record, until it was surpassed by Edwin van der Sar of Manchester United on 27 January 2009.
The Chelsea legend has won the Premier League Golden Glove three times in 2004-05,2009-10 and 2013-14 seasons.
Čech also received the individual award of Best Goalkeeper in the 2004–05, 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons of the UEFA Champions League. In addition, he was named in the FIFPro and UEFA Champions League teams of the season in 2006.
He joined Chelsea in 2004 and has made over 450 appearances for the club, putting him sixth in its all-time appearances list. With Chelsea, Čech has won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three Football League Cups, one UEFA Europa League and one UEFA Champions League.
But last season, Belgian number one goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois came back to Chelsea after spending three years on loan at Atletico Madrid and featured for Chelsea in most games and Čech spent most of the season on the sidelines as a substitute.
Courtois is rated as one the best goalkeepers currently and the 23 year old Belgian is a key part of Chelsea’s future. That left Čech no options but to leave the club as he still has the ability to play in first team of any big club.
Arsenal will be lucky to get a goalkeeper like him from their London rivals and according to Čech’s Chelsea teammate John Terry, Čech will save at least 15 points for the Gunners.
But does Arsenal really need Petr Čech???
Let’s have a discussion on if Arsenal really need Petr Čech or not.
Arsenal had played with two goalkeepers last season.
One was Wojciech Tomasz Szczęsny who is Polish International. In 2006, Szczęsny joined the Arsenal youth set-up from Polish side Legia Warsaw. He was regared as a major part of the club’s future and appeared in 132 league games for the Gunners.
Arsenal signed Colombian International goalkeeper David Ospina from French side OGC Nice last season on a four year deal. 26 years old Ospina looked impressive for the Gunners last season after replacing their former number one goalkeeper Szczęsny under the bars and seemed to be the number one choice of French tactician Arsene Wenger. Ospina recently did very well for his country at Copa America also and made a world class double save against Argentina at the quarter final before Colombia was knocked out from the competition after a penalty shootout loss against Lionel Messi’s side.
But with the possible arrival of legendary goalkeeper Petr Čech will make it even hard for the two to get first team chances and we may see either of them or both unhappy with this decision.
Petr Čech is currently 33 years old. Although, we have seen goalkeepers like van der Sar and Buffon playing their normal game at the twilight of their career also but no one can guarantee that for Petr Čech it will be the same.
But Ospina and Szczęsny are only 26 and 25 respectively. With the manager’s faith in them, they could both have a great future at the club.
Arsene Wenger is known as a wise spender and does not waste money irrelevantly. The French experienced manager has a degree in Economics and that reflects from his transfer policy. Moreover, Arsenal is close to igning Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal according to sources also.
Arsenal made two world class transfers last two seasons with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez arriving at the club and won back to back FA cups for the last two seasons.
Arsenal fans owe a lot to Arsene Wenger for his contributions towards the club and will believe that the transfer of Petr Čech must be a master plan by the French and looking to welcome their rival goalkeeper with open arms.