Arsène Wenger has been noodling about Wojeich Szczesny and his future for the past few weeks. “I have a debt to pay here for the club, I owe them. I just do not want to go anywhere else,” sobbed Szczesny on Monday but the goalkeeper will be working that debt off sweeping the stands, serving hotdogs or selling programmes if Wenger gets both his way and desired replacement.
The top, top Arsenal accountant has a six-person shortlist and top, topping that list is none other than Petr Cech. A player who is not quite as good as he used to be and doesn’t win quite as much as he used to but somehow still manages to pocket the tidiest of pay packages, Cech should feel right at home at the Emirates. If, however, he says he would prefer to keep on kicking it with his Chelsea crew, Wenger will aim for also Pepe Reina, Víctor Valdés, René Adler, Michel Vorm, Gordon Banks, Steve Ogrizovic, Lev Yashin or Joseph-Antoine Bell.
The Gunners are manoeuvring themselves into a position to strike if Cech makes way for Courtois, 20. Cech remains Chelsea’s first-choice keeper and a move across London would be one of the most unexpected transfers in recent memory but there are continued suggestions that highly rated Thibault Courtois, who is on loan at Atletico Madrid from Chelsea, could replace Cech next season – Chelsea are convinced Courtois is Cech’s long-term successor after his two successful loan spells in the Spanish capital.
Cech has surprisingly been watched a number of times this season by Gunners scouts and they believe they could get their man. The North Londoners believe that the form of the on loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is tipped as Cech’s successor, could play a huge part in the Blues willingness to move the 31 year old on, says the Daily Mail. However, Cech’s deal expires in the summer of 2016 and the chances of Chelsea agreeing to sell the goalkeeper to one of their biggest rivals seem remote.
However, Petr Cech immediately dismissed all suggestions that he’ll leave Chelsea for rivals Arsenal :
“It is an interesting piece of news but it is such speculation that I think it’s not even necessary to comment on it,” Cech told isport.blesk.cz.
“I know of nothing, nobody has contacted me and, to be honest, I can’t even imagine it.
“I don’t even normally notice such rumours. But when it does get to me, I naturally look at it to know what to say about it later.
“There are players who do read newspapers. Some players read match reports to know what was written about them and where.
“I don’t do this, I don’t read newspapers because of such things. I don’t take rumours like this seriously.”