Last weekend saw the back pages awash with talk surrounding the renewed possibility of Chelsea keeper Petr Cech making a sensational summer move to Arsenal.
After 11 trophy-laden years at Stamford Bridge, reports surfaced that the Blues would allow the Czech Republic stopper to have his pick of potential suitors, regardless of whether they’re direct competitors or not.
Assuming this is case, it would open the door for a potential cross-town switch to the Emirates, with a world-class keeper thought to be the finishing touch Arsene Wenger craves to complete his title-winning master plan.
Thibaut Courtois’ return to Chelsea prior to the 2014/15 campaign resulted in Cech being somewhat harshly removed from his office as number one, but the few outings he has made this term have confirmed the standards he exemplified in the past haven’t dipped.
Remaining in London is allegedly the player’s preference, as is joining a team capable of competing for the game’s richest prizes.
The move, it would seem, appears perfectly tailored to suit all parties, but Arsenal would be wasting their time chasing Cech.
In David Ospina, the north Londoners have unearthed an elite practitioner operating between the posts and a recent study carried out by the Independent has revealed that no player in history with more than ten Premier League appearances has a better win ratio than the Colombian.
Since the former Nice onion-bag warden replaced Wojciech Szczesny as the Gunners’ regular keeper – after the Pole’s clandestine attempt to have a cigarette in the showers following a 2-0 loss at Southampton on New Year’s Day backfired – the club have been flying.
They’ve won 11 of 12 league games with Ospina in goal, meaning he boasts a win ratio of 92%, a figure besting that managed by any contemporary past or present.
Such stats indicate the South American rabbit’s foot doesn’t need displacing and in Szczesny they have a relatively reliable understudy.
Adding Cech to this equation would only complicate matters and for the money he’d cost it isn’t worth the hassle.
If Chelsea were to sanction his sale to Arsenal (they wouldn’t do it with Demba Ba two seasons back, which seriously calls the likelihood of this an eventuality occurring into question) they would demand an exorbitant transfer fee, in accordance with club protocol whenever anyone is sold.
A combination of these factors make the 5/1 that Cech is still a Chelsea player on September 2nd 2015 a reasonable price indeed.