WHY CECH & WHAT ARE WE GETTING?…………Don McMahon
‘The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.’ –Amelia Earhart
In recent days Wenger and the Arsenal made, what in my humble opinion, will be a momentous decision for the future of the club and its members. The arrival of one of the world’s best keepers and a proven winner is both a statement of intent and a challenge to the current squad. Here’s why:
- Walter spoke about his mixed feelings vis a vis a third keeper’s arrival. I agree that it may be the signal that either Szceszny or Ospina won’t want to hear but it is one that was needed. Szceszny absolutely needs a role model and mentor and Cech is the best one available. Ospina is now in a 3 way battle for top spot and that cannot be a bad thing.
- I am not sure that Wenger will get rid of either Szceszny or Ospina. If he uses Ospina as backup and loans out Szceszny, then we’re in excellent shape.
- We needed Cech because clearly Woijech is too immature and too cocky at the same time. His best years are ahead of him. Being benched this year seemed to do wonders for his concentration and overall commitment. He was very impressive in the FA Cup, imagine what competing with Cech will do for him!
- Cech brings the following to AFC – vast experience and expertise in the EPL, world class skills, a positive role model, the ‘winning’ attitude Arsene likes, at 33 he is mature and has the best years of his career ahead of him, is a team player and a classy person, a calm and pragmatic approach to goalkeeping, a desire to be a team player,etc.
- His attitude and personality seem to be a near-perfect fit to the AFC/Arsene style,
- He was a soft-spoken leader at Chelsea and everyone seemed to respect him, except of course their acc (anti-Chelsea Chelsea) plastic fanboys, who he has reprimanded for their stupidity publicly,
- If it is true that he wanted to play for AFC 10 years ago but due to visa issues was unable to sign, then that means he respects Wenger and the team and that is a great start,
- Cech has won more trophies in his 10 years at Chelsea than all our recent keepers combined. He has stated publicly that he believes the Arsenal can accomplish greater things in the coming seasons, and that he wants to help make that happen,
- He has had 333 appearances with Chelsea since 2004 and despite a serious head injury, has shown rock-hard resolution and excellent staying power, just what we need in a squad so injury prone,
- At 10m sterling, he is a steal…….once again Arsene knows best and once he decides to make a move, it is going to get done and done very, very well!