Arsenal needs a world class goal-keeper ASAP! By Sylvester Kwentua
Just this morning, I watched clips of Petr Cech while he was at Chelsea and I must say, I was really impressed by his heroics in between the sticks. He was a marvel to watch while at Chelsea, he had records of clean sheets while there and whenever the ratings was out, he was always among the top five goalies in the world! Petr Cech was a great goal keeper.
When Petr Cech came to Arsenal, I recall a particular footballer, John Terry I think, claiming that Arsenal had bought a goalkeeper who was gonna save us 12 points, every season, and true to his words, Petr Cech’s first season in Arsenal was superb! But that is where it all ends, and you won’t any tipsters recommending Cech in any betting accumulator tips to win the Golden Glove in this campaign.
Ever since this season started, we had lost games in which a better performance from Cech would have won us the points. Our first game of the season against Liverpool was a game that if Cech had come to the party, we would have either drawn or won the game. Our defense was in confusion and a keeper of Cech’s reputation would have gathered all the experience in the world to coordinate and motivate them, especially as the defensive pair was made up of two not so experienced defenders. We lost that game, partly due to Cech not being at his best.
Just recently against Chelsea, Petr Cech committed a schoolboy error by gifting the ball cheaply to a former Arsenal captain to score a foolish goal! Probably, he was showing professional courtesy to Fabregas, or how else will you explain the folly? However, Cech is not the only Arsenal goalie to take a stick for committing cheap and foolish errors.
David Ospina, was our savior in the group stage of the UEFA Champions league, especially against PSG and he must be commended for accepting to be a 2nd choice keeper (that is what he really is for now), despite being the first choice goal keeper for his country.
Nevertheless, Ospina in my own opinion has not done enough to push Cech all the way, and if we are to judge based our last games against Bayern Munich and Sutton FC, he is not yet ready to be number one! As far as I am aware, there is no difference really between Cech and Ospina.
One of the first things the coach for next season must do is to address the goalkeeping department. Petr Cech has to go and in his place, Arsenal should get a younger, taller and ambitious goal keeper to complement and really fight for a first team shirt with David Ospina. Who will I recommend for the coach? Folks, we can tempt Kasper Schmeichel to Arsenal if we put in a bid that carries a lot of weight at the end of the season. Or what do you all think?