Arsenal owe Chelsea a huge thank you by Sam P
Although the Premier League season has not even started yet, it already looks as though Arsenal are set for a much better year. If Arsene Wenger and the likes of Ozil, Cazorla and Koscielny do end up as champions of England next year, they will owe Chelsea a huge note of thanks for the increasingly strange seeming decision to sell us their keeper Petr Cech.
It is not just that the Czech Republic stopper is a very good keeper, which he clearly is, or that by signing him the club has fixed one of the major weaknesses in the squad in the last few years, but the extra belief and confidence Cech brings.
No wonder Jose Mourinho did not want to let him come to Arsenal, as he probably knew just what an important figure Cech could be in our dressing room. Just check out (sorry) what the 33-year old had to say om a Daily Star report on the subject of his desire to win as many trophies as possible, despite having already had one of the most successful careers possible.
Cech declared, “A lot of times, people say that if you win a major trophy you get satisfied and stop working. I think it’s the other way around.
“Once you win a big trophy, it’s such an amazing feeling of achievement and accomplishment that you want to live it again.
“This group now knows how to win trophies and they enjoy it very much.
“You can see the celebration every time we win trophies, and everybody speaks about it.
“I’m sure that everybody wants to at least repeat that this year.”
He is also the only current member of the Arsenal squad to have won the Premier League and so to have dealt with and overcome the pressure involved. It is clear he is already a big presence in the dressing room so will surely pass on his experiences.
There are a few players like Giroud and Ozil that have won other leagues, but they have enjoyed nothing like the success of Cech. So Chelsea have done us one massive favour and by not signing decent cover for Costa they have done us another. So have they already handed over the initiative in the race for the Premier League?