Petr Cech has been revealed as one of the surprise names on Arsene Wenger’s transfer wishlist for the summer. The Mail reports that the Frenchman has lost patience with his erratic Polish goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny.
It seemed as though the young stopper had finally made the number one jersey his own at the Emirates, but a recent dip in form saw him lose his place to Lukasz Fabianski, another goalie with a history of embarrassing blunders in an Arsenal shirt.
Sources at Arsenal report that the boss has lost patience with both players and wants to sign an experienced goalie that will bring a calming influence over his shaky defence.
Cech’s position at Bridge under threat
It would be a major shock if Wenger could land Cech from Chelsea, but not completely out of the question. It is expected that Thibault Courtois will return to Chelsea next season to challenge Cech as first choice goalkeeper.
The youngster has spent the past two seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid but Chelsea think he is now ready for the Premier League and expect him to be their number one for the next few years at least.
If Cech did lose his place in Chelsea’s first team, he would seek a move away from Stamford Bridge having being such a mainstay of the team for the most successful period in the club’s history.
A move to the Emirates may appeal to him as it would mean he wouldn’t have to leave London. He could remain in the Premier League playing for a big club with a chance of winning trophies, especially if Wenger adds more real quality players to the Arsenal squad.
Big summer transfer window planned at Arsenal
If Wenger can’t prise Cech away from Chelsea, then he will turn his attention to Liverpool’s Pepe Reina, Barcelona’s Victor Valdes or Swansea’s Michelle Vorm as alternatives.
Either way it is a clear signal of intent from the Arsenal boss. Having being ridiculed and criticised for years for his prudent activity in the transfer market, it seems Wenger is ready to change tact.
He is preparing to spend big money in the summer in an attempt to bring the quality of his squad back in line with that of his Premier League rivals.