Look Arsenal fans, I am hoping that the transfer capture of Petr Cech from Chelsea, which will hopefully be announced on the Arsenal website this week, will not only make the Gunners into real Premier League title contenders straight away, but will help our Poland international Wojciech Szczesny to finally realise the awesome potential that he showed when first breaking into the Arsenal team a few years ago.
Neither do I think that Arsene Wenger should use Cech exclusively, so I would not mind seeing Shezzer getting plenty of chances to shine in the various cup competitions. But I do not think he should automatically play in all of the cup games.
For one thing, it is imperative that Arsenal get over that hoodoo of going out of the Champions League at the first knockout stage. That could mean winning our group so we cannot afford any Anderlecht style slip ups. And if we get a chance to retain the FA cup it will no doubt see us face some big games.
The most important game of the season, however, could be the one before it all kicks off. Arsenal face Chelsea in the Community shield and this will be no tame warm up game. Both teams and managers will be desperate to strike an early blow and if we can do it, that breaks Wenger’s duck against Jose Mourinho and sets us up perfectly and with great belief for the serious business to follow.
So the last thing we want to do is play the second choice keeper. Cech must start that game at Wembley, even if it was not against his former club. The fact that it is makes his place even more vital. Can we finally get one over the Portuguese pillock?