By Walter Broeckx
More and more it is looking very likely that Cech will become an Arsenal player one of these days. Now of course the sky may fall on our heads and it all could go wrong in the last minute but I think even Mourinho has decided that he cannot stop the Cech to Arsenal transfer. Even though he seems the hate the thought of it when I saw him on a short clip today, when he talked about it.
So let us take a look at Cech and our two current goalkeepers who played the major part of the season.
And I did this based on the stats from the website whoscored.com. And the numbers are about the league stats from 2009-2010 till the end of last season.
|*= best score||Cech||Szczesny||Ospina|
|Clean sheets||76 *||48||62|
|Clean sheets %||41,75% *||36,36%||34.06%|
|Save successful||73% *||69.5%||72.6%|
|Saves per game||2.6||2.7||3.1 *|
|Goals Per game||0.9 *||1.2||1.1|
|Crosses claimes||296||167||351 *|
|Crosses claim/match||1.6||1.26||1.9 *|
|Punches clear||106||79||142 *|
|Punches clear/match||0.58||0.59||0.78 *|
|Pass accuracy||58.3%||63.4% *||56.6%|
It is interesting to see that both Cech and Ospina had the same number of appearances so their numbers can be very well compared. Szczesny played fewer matches so we need to have a good luck at his percentage score to make some comparisons.
When we look at clean sheets we see that Cech had the most of them. Followed by Ospina and then Szczesny. But if we look at a clean sheet % Szczesny has a better rate than Ospina. But we have to keep in mind that Ospina was playing in a midtable team in France for the biggest part of these numbers. One season even fighting against relegation. So one could expect that he was more exposed than keepers from top teams.
If we go further and look at the number of saves we see that Cech had the most in percentage terms. He has 73% and Ospina is just behind him with 72.6%. So not that much in it and remember Ospina played for a lower placed team and so can be expected to have been under more pressure than top team keepers. But keep in mind that Szczesny is not far behind the two other keepers with a save success of 69.5%.
If we look at the numbers of saves a keeper has made in those matches we see that Ospina had to make the most on average. And this could be because he played for a lesser team than the other two keepers. Szczesny also had to make a bit more saves in general than Cech. Playing behind a team that knows very well how to defend usually reduces the number of saves you have to make as a keeper and this shows in the stats.
Looking at the numbers of goals conceded on average we see that again Cech has the best score. With just under one goal per match he is in first place. Ospina is just at the other side of the one goal per match score with 1.1 goals per match conceded. The difference with Szczesny is very small as it is only a 0.1 difference.
Now I have seen people claim that Ospina is too small to be a good keeper. What better way to judge this than to see how they do on crosses? And to my amazement I see that Ospina has a very high number of claimed crosses. And if we calculate this on a match basis we see that Ospina has a score of 1.9 crosses claimed and Cech comes second with 1.6. So he came for more crossed and won more of them than Cech in all those years. I must say I am a bit amazed.
So I was no longer amazed when I looked at the punches clear each keeper has made. Again Ospina has made not only most punches but he was the best on a 90 minutes score also. When it comes to punches we see that Szczesny even does slightly better than Cech.
One thing that got thrown in is not really that important but for the sake of it I kept it in. The passing accuracy for keepers is not their most important stat but as this was something that Szczesny was having the best score in I kept it in the survey.
Only looking at the stats we see that when it comes to pure goalkeeping matters Ospina and Cech are very close to each other. Something that I felt without the stats (that Ospina is actually a very good keeper) gets confirmed by the stats.
In the last line you see a rating from the website whoscored.com over these 3 keepers. Szczesny ends in third place. But the most surprising thing is that Ospina is rated higher than Cech. And that is something I didn’t expect to see to be honest.
The website also gives a few points of interest in which they are good. And so they say about Cech that he is VERY STRONG in shot stopping. And STRONG in saving long shots and saving close range shots and concentration.
Of Szczesny they say that he is STRONG in shot stopping and concentration. The last one a bit of a surprise as this is what people blame him for from time to time.
Of Ospina they say that is strong at long passing and shot stopping.
If it would be up for me we should keep the 3 of them (supposing Cech is coming) but looking at the home grown status I think one of the non-home grown keepers will have to go. Sadly that looks to be Ospina.
Would I be heartbroken if the deal fell through? Well not really as the stats and my own eyes have made me realise that Ospina is a good if not great keeper. Would I be sad to see Oooooooospina go? Yes, as it was great fun to shout out his name whenever he got the ball. I sure will miss that. And he looked a very calm person and a friendly one. In fact I feel gutted for the fact that he played some excellent matches for Arsenal, didn’t do much wrong and then seems to be forced out of Arsenal because of the 25 squad rules and home grown rules. Live can be unkind at times.