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Transfer Flashback: Petr Cech

Transfer Flashback: Petr Cech

Aside from defensive midfield, one other area of Arsenal’s squad in recent years that was constantly highlighted as a reason for their repeated title failures was the goalkeeping position.

And in the end, it was clearly something that Arsene Wenger acknowledged with the Frenchman moving to sign Petr Cech from London rivals Chelsea back in the summer of 2015 in a transfer that had Arsenal supporters jumping for joy.

Given his stature in the game and everything he accomplished at Stamford Bridge, it was not a surprise to see the welcoming Cech got from Gooners across the globe.

The former Czech Republic international may have lost his spot in Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side to Thibaut Courtois, but he still arrived at the Emirates as arguably a world-class goalkeeper.

He performed exceptionally well when called upon in his final season in west London with his performance against Tottenham in the 2014/15 League Cup final a display of the high level he could still play at.

With all of that in mind, Wenger luring the 36-year-old to the Emirates looked like a masterstroke.

Unfortunately for Arsenal, though, Cech was unable to make the sort of impact that was expected of him in his debut season as the Gunners went on to finish second in the Premier League behind champions Leicester City.

Since then, Cech has made some serious high-profile errors between the sticks — more so under Unai Emery — with his difficulties on the ball having become even clearer to see this term.

The former Chelsea man now faces a tough task in winning his No.1 spot back from Bernd Leno whose improved performances at the Emirates could bring what can only be described as an underwhelming time in north London for Cech to an end.

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