Those connected with Arsenal Football Club must be beginning to worry about their recent signing of Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech as various Blues heroes’ summer trolling campaign on the Gunners continues.
Cech’s cross-capital move supposedly came about after Jose Mourinho was supposedly overruled in his desire not to see the stopper sold to a rival club by Roman Abramovich.
Yet various Chelsea legends’ laughable comments about the veteran gloveman’s potential worth to the north London outfit since prospects of the move first became a reality give the whole affair the tinge of an elaborate wind-up.
Stamford Bridge lifer John Terry was the first to poke fun at Arsenal with his laughable assertion that his former brother in arms could earn Arsenal 12-15 points over the course of a season.
The fact that the Gunners finished precisely a dozen points behind the Premier League champions last term is unlikely to have been lost on the button-pushing Blues captain.
Now Frank Lampard has joined in the rise taking from his transatlantic vantage point, telling the Sun the following ahead of his debut for New York City this weekend:
“Arsenal signing Cech is a big deal.
“A lot of mates who are Arsenal fans have bemoaned their keeper situation for ages.
“Cech is a world-class keeper and person and can help push Arsenal into the running next season.
“Arsenal weren’t a million miles away over the last few seasons.
“They are always challenging before falling just short but Cech going there, as John Terry said recently, will save them points.
“Manchester City and Chelsea will be challenging for the title once again.
“They remain favourites but Petr will make a difference.”
Wry assertions that a goalkeeper could make such a huge difference to the Gunners’ title chances feel like blatant wind-ups by the pair of Mourinho lieutenants and will have more paranoid Arsenal fans wondering whether contemporary Cech is in on the ruse…
After all, improving net-minding capabilities must have been way down most Gooners’ list of things to change in order to make the club genuine title challengers, thanks to a squad bloated with injury-prone midfielders and lacking world class exponents at either defensive midfield or centre-forward.