Is it time for Arsenal to replace Petr Cech?

When Arsenal signed Petr Cech from Chelsea, he was a fantastic addition to the squad. Wenger had signed an experienced winner and a top class player. Arsenal had struggled with goalkeepers for a number of years and Cech was expected to be the solution to Arsenal’s worries. A year and a half later however, this no longer seems to be the case.

Cech’s first season at Arsenal was a strong campaign by the 34 year old, but there were a few signs of concern. This year however, those warning signs have developed into real issues that are evidenced by plenty of fans. It would be wrong to state that Cech’s ‘past it’ and I would disagree that he is no longer a goalkeeper of little value to Arsenal. However there are pressing concerns that perhaps Cech isn’t performing as expected, and if things don’t change for the better, then the former Czech Republic man could find himself losing his spot at Arsenal.

A number of keepers have been linked with the Gunners, including Leverkusen goalkeeper Leno, Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford and Stoke’s Jack Butland. I must admit I am a big fan of all three, particularly Jack Butland. Butland is in my opinion England’s future number one and although he has struggled with injuries all season, signing Butland would certainly be a real investment for the club. Butland would learn a lot from Cech and I’m confident the Englishman could hold down the number one spot at Arsenal for at least a decade.

Jordan Pickford is in the same position as Butland and I think he too would be a good addition for the Gunners, if Arsenal hold any interest that is. Rumours suggested today that Everton are rivalling the Gunners in their interest for Pickford, but surely out of the two clubs, Arsenal are in the better position. Pickford is showing real class at a struggling Sunderland side and I think it would be interesting to see how he performs at a top team.

Bayer Leverkusen’s, Bernd Leno, would also be a decent addition and he is highly regarded as one of a few promising young goalkeepers. However, as has been shown through Karius’ move to Liverpool, a promising young keeper from the German league may not always hit it big in a challenging Premier League.

If Arsenal hold an interest in any of these rumoured keepers, I think it’s very important that they seriously consider whether Cech has a future as Arsenal’s number one.



  1. tweety says:

    maybe it is wise to invest in a young keeper. i go for butland but i am sure that stoke will put a high price on him if they decide to sell. as our no. 2 i prefer Martinez = gooner for ever

  2. hecmanx says:

    Cech is not the problem, wenger is the problem and need to be replaced

    1. arsenalfan1 says:

      Yes, why let a dope of a manager replace a proven world class keeper like Cech. And don’t forget that WC keepers normally have a well organised defence in front of them not a shambolic farce of a team overseen by a dope.

      Isn’t it easier to hire a proper manager and let him take responsibility for the team?

  3. hecmanx says:

    Wenger is the reason the players are under performing, he just can’t motivate his players, wenger needs to go for the club to move forward

  4. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Cech could flourish under Allegri

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      What?… Cech selling flowers? ??? ?
      He’s too old now, just give him a coaching role at the club.

  5. gbengress says:

    Thierry henry as arsenal coach?

  6. Twig says:

    It’s time.

  7. legend Henry says:

    Apart from Wenger, the fans who attend matches and see nothing wrong with the club are the problem.
    They delusions are making think abnormally that they are faithful to the useless board and a retarded professor of failure

  8. Break-on-through says:

    No I wouldn’t replace Cech unless there was an exceptional keeper out there wanting to come. How many worldies are available, I don’t know of one. Sure why not get Pickford or Butland, as one of three to four young English keepers will be the future no1, and it could be one of those two.

    England haven’t produced a truly great keeper in a long time, so even if we get the English no1 he still might not hold up too well against other nationals. As for which one between the two mentioned, Pickford for me. His reflexes are superb and he keeps a strong arm doing it. I like his height physique and speed, speed of mind too. The thing is though, at a lowly club you’ll get so many chances to make great saves, whereas at a top club you need to stay sharp and focused for long periods between shots. I think he needs to move to one more club before making the move top.

  9. luvdaguns says:

    no, now is not the time to replace Cech, 6 months ago was

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