Did Cech make an impact in his first Premier League season at Arsenal?

Petr Cech is undoubtedly one of the finest goalkeepers to grace the game. The Czech Republic international already boasts the record for all-time Premier League clean sheets and has just swooped the golden glove for the 2015/16 season. Lewis Addley investigates how much of an impact the former Chelsea man has made at Arsenal…

Arsenal fans were filled with euphoria when the news broke that they had signed Petr Cech from London rivals Chelsea ahead of the 2015/16 Premier League season. Cech kept 162 clean sheets in 333 games in his 11 Premier League seasons at Chelsea – an average of 0.48 per game, almost one clean sheet every two games.

Now first choice at Arsenal, Cech kept 16 clean sheets in his 34 appearances in his league debut season, enough to win him the golden glove and record an average of 0.47 per game, again very close to one clean sheet in every two appearances. With these stats in mind it is evident of the presence and consistency Cech brings to a side regardless of the defence in front of him.

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Arsenal finished the 2015/16 Premier League runners-up, one place better off than their 2014/15 finish of 3rd. So lets have a look at how their league performances differ between the two seasons.

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Arsenal’s 14/15 and 15/16 Premier League seasons compared

Arsenal won more games, drew less, scored more goals, had a better goal difference and tallied more points in the 14/15 Premier League season but finished third. It is worth mentioning that a direct comparison won’t give completely accurate readings on position in the table as no two Premier League campaigns are the same.

In the 15/16 season Arsenal drew more games, lost the same amount, scored less, conceded the same number, had a worse goal difference and tallied less points. But with all these statistics compared, the one factor which matters most is the final position of the club come the end of the season. So in Cech’s first season at the club, Arsenal finished higher in the table.

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Here’s how Cech shapes up against Arsenal’s goalkeepers from 14/15 and his teammate David Ospina who featured four times in 15/16 in his absence.

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Arsenal Premier League ‘keepers stats 14/15 and 15/16 compared 

In the 2014/15 campaign Arsenal used three goalkeepers, David Ospina, Wojciech Szczesny and Emiliano Martinez. The three made 39 appearances between them (*note one game more than regulation due to substitution meaning two ‘keepers featuring in one game).

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The key statistic to look at in the comparison is clean sheets. In the 15/16 campaign Cech made more clean sheets alone than the ‘keepers in 14/15, more saves, more saves-per-goal and more punches, all of which came in four appearances less.

Now it does have to be mentioned if Cech had played all 38 games he could have conceded four more goals at his rate of 1.09 goals conceded per game – but by this rule of average he would have conceded 35, still one less than the Arsenal ‘keepers of 14/15.

Cech and Ospina combined in 15/16 bettered the three ‘keepers of 14/15 in every department apart from catches. This arguably shows the positive impact Cech made on his teammates and provides further statistics of the impact he made in his first Premier League season with the Gunners.

While Cech and his teammates were unsuccessful in delivering silverware this campaign compared to Arsenal’s previous two seasons, he looks set to be part of the squad in the long-term and his experience of consistently winning trophies can surely only have a positive impact on the club.

Has Cech made a positive impact for Arsenal? Could he be key to Arsenal winning the Premier League?


Arsenal dealt HUGE blow as target eyes Real Madrid move

Arsenal have been dealt a huge blow in their pursuit of Petr Cech as he is ready to join Real Madrid, according to The Sun.

Madrid have been heavily tipped to secure the signing of Manchester United shot stopper, David De Gea, but if the Spaniard snubs Los Blancos, Cech is willing to step in.

The Chelsea ‘keeper is unhappy with playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois and does not want another season on the sidelines.

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Jose Mourinho does not want to lose his number two, who has performed as good as ever in the games he has been called upon in the Premier League this season, with five clean sheets in six games.

Cech would be considerably cheaper than De Gea, with talk of any transfer for the Spaniard costing upward of £30 million.

Chelsea are keen for Cech to stay but have not ruled out his departure, although Mourinho doesn’t want him to move to any of their Premier League rivals.

Cech is rated at £10.5 million by transfermarkt.co.uk and Chelsea risk losing the Czech Republic international on a free next summer when his contract expires if they do not sell him in the coming months.

Will Petr Cech leave Chelsea this summer? Do Arsenal have any chance of signing him?

Liverpool and Arsenal receive transfer blow as £10m target in talks with Besiktas

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech could be on the way to Turkey as Besiktas have become the latest club to be linked with his signature after his agent confirmed talks have taken place.

That will come as bad news to Arsenal and Liverpool fans as the Premier League rivals have both been linked with a £10 million move for the Czech Republic shot-stopper this summer.

Cech is set to leave Chelsea after 11 successful years as he is not willing to play second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois again next term.

He has been strongly linked with moves to Inter Milan, Paris Saint Germain, Liverpool and Arsenal but Jose Mourinho is not keen to sell him to direct Premier League rivals.

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That could see Besiktas secure his signature as Cech’s agent, Viktor Kolar has confirmed the Blues star has received an offer from the Turkish side.

“We have been in contact with Besiktas, we are in talks. Turkey is a choice for Cech but we will decide when the league is over,” Kolar told Turkish website Fanatik.

Chelsea are expected to make a £2million move for relegated Queens Park Rangers ‘keeper Rob Green as they look to fill their English quota, though Green will have to accept a backup role if any move goes through.

Would Besiktas be a good move for Petr Cech? Should Chelsea sign Rob Green as backup to Courtois?

United and Liverpool legends reveal what Arsenal need to win title

Manchester United legend Gary Neville revealed Arsenal need a goalkeeper to stand any chance of winning the Premier League title next season, while speaking on Sky Sports.

Neville’s views were shared by fellow Sky Sports pundit and Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher. The pair blamed Arsenal keeper, David Ospina, for their 1-0 defeat to Swansea on Monday night and feel it is an area the club need to look at.

Carragher has urged Arsene Wenger to sign a world-class goalkeeper in the summer as he doesn’t think Ospina isn’t good enough.

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“I think Arsenal need to go out in the summer and just buy a proper number one,” Carragher said.

“His record is good because the team are playing well and are defending well so they’re not having that much to do, but he was bought as a number two.

“Very rarely do you see a number two goalkeeper become a number one. If he was that good, why was he bought as a number two? Why wasn’t he coming and being the number one?”

Arsenal have been linked with Chelsea’s Petr Cech as he has struggled for first team action this season, playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois. But Neville doesn’t see Chelsea selling Cech to their rivals.

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“If I was Jose Mourinho, with Arsenal potentially being one of my biggest rivals next season, I would not sell them Cech at all.

“It’s a struggle to win a title without a great goalkeeper, a massive struggle. Ospina is obviously a good goalkeeper and he has done well, but he is not a No 1 and they need a top goalkeeper.

“They need someone who is going to make saves and save his team points.”

Arsenal have continually been regarded as being ‘one or two’ top signings away from finally regaining the Premier League title and signing a world-class goalkeeper this summer could certainly be a step in the right direction.

Wojciech Szczesny is expected to depart the club after falling behind Ospina in the pecking order, and so Wenger may be in the market for a new man between the sticks.

Do Arsenal need a new goalkeeper or is David Ospina good enough to play as the number one?

‘Done deal’: Chelsea star on his way to PSG this summer – report

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has been linked with a Stamford Bridge exit for the past few months and it now looks as though he will be moving to France with Paris Saint-Germain, as former Blues player and coach Ray Wilkins has claimed the move is done.

Cech has struggled to see regular action under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea this season following Thibaut Courtois’ return from Atletico Madrid and the Czech Republic international has said he is not willing to spend another season sitting on the bench.

At 32, Cech still has several years ahead of him, and PSG look to have beaten Arsenal, Liverpool and Inter Milan to his services if Wilkins is to be believed.

Wilkins made his comments regarding Cech’s future while speaking on beIN Sport during PSG’s 3-1 Champions League loss to Barcelona on Wednesday night.

Current PSG ‘keeper Salvatore Sirigu could be on the way out of the club after some disappointing displays, while the signing of Cech would mean that Spurs star Hugo Lloris would be unlikely to leave White Hart Lane this summer, as he has also been linked with a move back to France with Paris Saint-Germain.

It was reported last week that Cech was close to agreeing a deal to join Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan but it now looks as though PSG will be his next club after making 331 appearances for Chelsea during his 11 seasons at the club.

Would Paris Saint-Germain be a good destination for Petr Cech?

Arsenal set to miss out on £10m Chelsea star as Inter move nears

Arsenal‘s pursuit of Petr Cech looks set to end in disappointment as the Chelsea goalkeeper is close to signing for Serie A outfit Inter Milan, according to the Express.

The Chelsea fan-favourite looks set to end his 11-year love affair with the Blues this summer after a frustrating season playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois.

Arsenal has been a rumoured destination for the Czech Republic international but that move looks all but over as Italian reports claim Cech is close to agreeing a deal that will see him join Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan.

Corriere dello Sport reported on the move for Cech from Inter, claiming the Nerazzurri will offer the 32-year-old shot-stopper a two-year deal with the option of a third.

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It is also reported that current Inter keeper, Samir Handanovic, is refusing to sign a new contract with the club, further fuelling speculation of a move for Cech.

Cech has won an impressive 14 trophies with Chelsea during his 11 years in England and played a pivotal role in their Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich in 2012, so his experience is at the very highest level.

Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs and Southampton have all been linked with a move for the Chelsea star, who Jose Mourinho values at £10 million but Inter Milan looks to be his next destination.

Would Inter Milan be a good move for Petr Cech?

Is this Chelsea star in for a shock move to Spurs?

Tottenham Hotspur have joined the race for Chelsea‘s Petr Cech as a potential replacement for Paris Saint-Germain target Hugo Lloris, according to the Daily Mirror.

Spurs are looking at replacements for Lloris as PSG have upped their interests in the French superstar, with Steve Mandanda another possible arrival.

Petr Cech hasn’t been hiding from the fact that he looks set to depart Chelsea this summer as he is frustrated by playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois, who has established himself as Jose Mourinho’s first-choice stopper.

The 32-year-old goalkeeper has been with the Blues since 2004 and it seems his immensely successful career in West London is coming to end, though he could well sign off with his fourth Premier League trophy.

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Cech would be an ideal replacement for Lloris due to his vast Premier League experience and if it were not for Chelsea looking to the future he would more than likely still be their number one.

Spurs would face tough competition to acquire his services though, as a whole host of top European sides are monitoring his situation, with Liverpool and Arsenal also tracking the Czech Republic international.

Cech is also a target for PSG but if they choose to offer Spurs big money for Lloris, then the Lilywhites could reinvest by meeting Chelsea’s £10 million valuation for the commanding ‘keeper.

Could Petr Cech make the move across London to Spurs? Would he be an ideal replacement for Hugo Lloris if the Frenchman leaves?

Are Chelsea and Arsenal set for huge £100,000-a-week swap deal?

Chelsea and Arsenal could be set to make the biggest swap deal of the summer transfer window as the Blues have stepped up interest in Theo Walcott, with Petr Cech a target for the Gunners.

Walcott will have just one year remaining on his current Arsenal deal at the end of the season and Chelsea are monitoring the situation closely, according to the Times.

At the same time, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is hoping to secure a deal for Chelsea hero Cech, who has fallen behind Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order and is likely to move on this summer.

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Cech will also only have one year left on his contract at the end of the current campaign but Arsenal are waiting for official confirmation from the player that he is leaving before making an official approach, as stated by the Daily Mail.

Jose Mourinho would not be keen to sell Cech to Premier League rivals, but interest in Walcott could see the London rivals reach an agreement to swap their stars. The Blues don’t want to sell Cech for less than £10 million but Walcott’s value is higher than that so a straight-cash swap is unlikely.

Both players would be able to remain in London and would not have to take a pay cut if a swap deal was arranged.

Walcott is one of the Gunners’ highest earners as he is on around £100,000-a-week, while Cech earns around £120,000 each week but has had to settle for just four Premier League appearances this season.

It would not be the first time Chelsea and Arsenal agreed to swap key players as Ashley Cole and William Gallas swapped colours in 2006 when Mourinho and Wenger were both in charge.

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Walcott has made just three league starts this campaign after returning from an ACL injury in November, and although he would like a contract extension with the Gunners, he may be tempted by Chelsea’s interest if no deal is put in front of him.

Liverpool are also interested in Walcott and are lining him up as a possible replacement for Raheem Sterling, who could leave the club this summer as contract talks have failed to reach a conclusion yet. Chelsea are one of many clubs monitoring Sterling’s situation too.

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Cech wants first-team football and could get it at Arsenal, while Mourinho could tempt Walcott with the chance to play as a striker more often than he does with the Gunners.

Didier Drogba’s contract is up at the end of the year so the Blues will need another attacking option, and Walcott’s homegrown status is another key reason behind Chelsea’s interest.

Would a swap deal between Chelsea and Arsenal for Walcott and Cech make sense?

Eden Hazard wouldn’t be surprised if teammate is to leave the club

Chelsea star Eden Hazard has claimed he would want to leave a club if he was in the same position as teammate Petr Cech.

Cech has been at Chelsea for 11 years but has had to sit on the bench for most of the season as Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has taken over as Jose Mourinho’s first-choice stopper, meaning that the Czech Republic international is likely to move on this summer.

Hazard spoke with Sky Sports about the situation regarding Cech playing number two to Courtois and revealed he would want to leave the club if he was in the 32 year old’s shoes.

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“Thibaut and Petr are both very good, and when you are on the bench of course you want to play.

“He knows he has the quality to play at a good club, and of course if I’m a good player and I’m on the bench I want to leave – this is football.”

Hazard’s comments come days after Cech announced he would not be happy with another season as Mourinho’s second choice ‘keeper.

Cech has won 12 major trophies with the club, including the prestigious Champions League in 2012.

He knows all about a young star bursting into the first team, as he finds himself in the same position he put Carlo Cudicini in 11 years ago.

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“I don’t know what the club’s idea will be. It looks like it works well with me and Thibaut as a duo,” Cech told the Idnes newspaper.

“But that can work for one season only. I don’t want another one like this.”

This has been a difficult season for Cech, playing just five league games, but Mourinho has opted for the future and the Czech Republic international is yet another of ‘the old guard’ who looks set to depart in the upcoming months, with a host of top clubs interested.

Should Petr Cech move on for more regular football?

Chelsea line up shock move as £10m star’s replacement – report

Chelsea are preparing a surprise move for Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Robert Green as a replacement for Petr Cech, who is set to depart this summer after 11 years with the club.

Cech, who has made 491 appearances for the club, is too good to sit on the Chelsea bench as backup to Thibaut Courtois as the Belgian has established himself as Jose Mourinho’s first-choice since returning from Atletico Madrid, where he spent three seasons on loan.

That means Cech will need to move on and at 32, he still has time ahead of him to enjoy his football. Mourinho will not stand in his way and that means a replacement for the Czech Republic international will be one of the Blues’ transfer priorities this summer.

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Mourinho likes to do his transfer business early and English ‘keeper Green looks like the primary target, according to a report in the Times.

Green has impressed despite playing for a QPR side that has struggled in the Premier League this season and relegation from the top flight will mean the R’s will need to sell.

Chelsea are looking to receive about £10 million for Cech and bringing in Green will cost the club considerably less than that.

The Times’ report suggests Green will be given a pay rise from his current £40,000 per-week wage if he agrees to a move to the Premier League leaders, but lack of regular playing time could be a concern for the former England No.1.

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Cech, who started in the Capital One Cup final at the start of the month, has told Czech paper Idnes that he does not want to sit on the bench for another season and that will spark interest from a host of European sides.

“It works with Thibaut. But I think it can work for only one season. I don’t want another season of this.”

Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with a move for Cech but Chelsea would be unlikely to sell to English rivals. That will leave Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, AS Monaco, AC Milan and AS Roma left to fight for his signature.

Would Rob Green be a good signing for Chelsea? Does Petr Cech need to leave the club this summer?