And the Cech train rumbles on!
Good day to everyone from my cold office where I’ve been bobbing my head to metal and rock. See, I’ve had a headache for the past week and half accompanied by a nasty cold so I’ve been unable to listen to rock…metal especially, so you can imagine my joy at being able to listen to the shredding guitars, harsh vocals and insane chaos that’s metal-core.
There’s either a lot or not much happening on an Arsenal front depending on who you ask. The Daily Mail (which has as much credibility as Jim Carrey in Liar Liar) reported that the deal to bring Petr Cech from Chelsea to Arsenal was a done deal for £11m. Now I feel this was just them swatting at the transfer fly so that if the deal goes through they’ll claim they carried it first.
This does not mean that something isn’t happening. Various credible reports report that talks are ongoing and a deal could be reached soon, but that there’s nothing concrete yet.
Now I’m trying to imagine that this deal will go through, because frankly if it doesn’t it wouldn’t be funny, I was on twitter yesterday and I saw the tweets, for the sake of the shame and the absolute slander that will go on on twitter if this deal doesn’t go through I hope with all my soul, all my might and all my strength.
If (and that’s a big IF) it goes through we’ll be getting a world class keeper. I love Szczesny and Ospina but I do see the merits of having a keeper like Cech in the team. Someone who has that much experience in winning things could bring so much to the table for us.
Keepers traditionally have longer careers therefore at 33, he’s not too old, he’s no spring chicken either. We got Lehmann in pretty late and Van Der Sar came into the United team around this time so it would be good for us, but it got me thinking how pivotal this summer is.
I know we said this last summer that the FA cup win was a springboard and we had to push on. The reality is that this summer is even more important. The first FA cup win could well have been a fluke and we could have slipped back to mediocrity and while our league and champions league form left a lot to be desired, winning another FA cup proved that it wasn’t a false dawn.
Now the job Arsene has is to consolidate and make winning a habit. The players are beginning to get used to winning stuff and a good summer on the transfer front can move us to the next level domestically and in Europe.
The truth is we are currently Chelsea’s biggest rivals (We haven’t seen Man City’s hand in the transfer market but that could still change) and if we can get a player or two more (we say that every year it seems) I feel we could really push on. The current squad is great and could do something, but football is a sport that requires constant tweaks and we’re at that stage again where a minor tweak could lead to something really special.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed, let’s hope for some good news soon.