Petr Cech has certainly been a top goalkeeper for Chelsea in the past and he was still a quality Number One when he signed for Arsenal in the summer of 2015, but now he has reached the grand old age of 35 he doesn’t seem to be at the height of his powers any more. He will be one year older at the end of the season and he looks set to have the amazing record of never having saved a penalty for the Gunners.
Last weekends failure against Man City was his 13th for Arsenal, and amazingly the last penalty he saved in the Premier League was back in 2011. We all know now that when our opponents get a penalty it is always a certain goal and that is not a very good state of affairs. So is it time for Arsene Wenger to start looking for a new keeper?
Cech’s contract will be entering the final year this coming summer, so maybe he could still go on and play at a lower level for a few more years, but personally I doubt whether Arsenal fans would have much faith left in the Czech shotstopper, and I think they would likely prefer a younger more agile replacement for the next campaign. But who?
Our Colombian international David Ospina will be 30 this summer, and after his continuing wish to leave for first team football he is unlikely to sign a new contract which ends this summer, so whatever happens we will need a replacement. Which could of course be Matt Macey, who has been impressive in his League Cup and Europa League appearances this year. He is now 23 and at 6ft 6in he is even taller than Cech, and a good half foot bigger than Ospina. Maybe Wenger will ease him in next season?
But there has been one rumour that Wenger is keen on the Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas, who is a Costa Rican international and is supposedly looking to revitalise his career after nearly being used as part of the deal that was supposed to take David De Gea to Manchester United last summer, but he is also going to be 31 in December, but could still have a good five years in front of him.
Do you think that Wenger should look to promote Macey or bring in a new replacement for Cech?