While last week Petr Cech seemed certain to be heading to Turkey to continue his playing career, all signs now seem to be pointing towards a move to Arsenal.
Odds Slashed For Cech to Arsenal
Odds have dropped dramatically for Cech to move across London with some bookmakers (at the time of writing) offering as little as 2/1 compared to 3/1 for both PSG and Besiktas.
The main driver of these reactions is speculation coming out of British press as well as Czech radio over the weekend suggesting a deal is close. However questionable the reports, when rumours like this gather momentum and the betting markets react it usually infers some substance behind the rumour.
Either way the news will come as something of a blow to Chelsea fans. I know that personally it would be hard for me to see him in an Arsenal shirt much like it was difficult to see Frank Lampard play in the sky blue of Man City.
Turkey Not The Right Fit
I’m not sure Turkey is the right move for Cech either and despite the draws of playing there (big wages and first team football), you have to feel that Cech has so much still to give at the highest level (whether Arsenal is the highest level is still matter for debate). With Drogba having spent time in Turkey, I’m sure Cech has leaned on him for advice and could even have talked him out of a move to Besiktas and/or the country altogether.
But Arsenal still doesn’t sit quite right with me.
Cech has undoubtedly given everything to Chelsea which is why him staying in the Premier League is surprise to me. He has always been so defiant in his loyalty to Chelsea (particularly via his Twitter account) and I was sure he would never opt for a move across town.
You look at any of the European giants in the final stages of the Champions League and he would walk into most, if not all, of those teams. And it’s fair to say that the majority would welcome him with open arms. PSG, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid would all be genuinely realistic moves.
Cech & Courtois
The fact that a player of his stature has sat on a bench for a whole season is absurd, but this is modern day football and he’s not the first and won’t be the last to do so. The Cech/Courtois debate has rolled on all season and my aim isn’t to provide the answer; I’m sure most people know whose corner they’ve picked by now.
But let me tell you that if Arsenal manage to bag themselves Petr Cech for £10 million, then they’ve got themselves an absolute bargain who will provide them some with of the most reliable hands in the world for some years to come. Chelsea’s loss will most certainly be Arsenal’s gain.
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