As we have seen over the last few weeks, Arsenal do not have a lot of problems on the creating goals and scoring them side of the game. Even with our somewhat disappointing season last time around, there were only seven times in 55 games when the Gunners drew a blank.
So with us already looking more of a threat going forward this year, and that is before Alexis Sanchez rejoins his team mates, there is a good case for thinking that an improvement at the other end of the pitch would make us real contenders for the Premier League and other major trophy wins.
That is why Arsene Wenger felt the need to sign Petr Cech from Chelsea and as he said after the Emirates Cup win yesterday, not just for his individual ability but for the experience and assurance he gives to the players in front of him.
As reported by The Mirror, Wenger feels that the Cech effect is already being felt and that is a big part of the reason why Arsenal have conceded just once in four pre-season games.
He said, “He is top level on the experience front but he is a good communicator and brings a calmness in the way he responds to situations in a way which will help to lift the level of confidence of our defenders.”
There was a different take on things from the BT sport presenter David James however. The former England number one felt that Cech had simply not been tested and his performance was the least we should have expected. So is that true or was Cech so comfortable because of the calming and confidence producing influence he had on our back line?