The Chelsea legend would be wearing Arsenal colours next season. [Picture: Getty]
With the imminent arrival of Petr Cech to the club, what will happen to the current Arsenal number one?
Petr Cech’s transfer to Arsenal is set to be confirmed before the weekend for a rumoured £10.9million.
The 33-year-old shot stopper is set to join the north London club after 11 years at west London with the Blues, where the Czech Republic international won four Premier League titles and a Champions League.
However, the dilemma which now faces the Gunners is the choice to let either David Ospina or Wojciech Szczesny leave the club. The former looks more likely as he has been recently linked with a £3 million move away to Fenerbahce, while the latter is expected to remain as an understudy to incoming Cech. But is it fair to force the Colombian out?
Colombia’s goalkeeper David Ospina saves a goal shot by Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani. [REUTERS/Michael Dalder]
Ospina only arrived at Arsenal last year after an impressive World Cup. A £3million transfer from Nice last summer brought competition for Szczesny as the club’s number one choice, with the 26year-old going on to oust Szczesny and making 18 Premier League appearances.
Ospina made eight clean sheets in an impressive run of form after Szczesny’s miserable performance on New Year’s Day.
The argument of not letting Szczesny go is that he will be able to benefit from Cech’s experience. However the Pole is 25 and will eventually seek to play first team football with Cech expected to be around for at least another three years.
Wojciech Szczesny has been dropped as Arsenal’s number one man between the sticks after a recent drop in form coupled with a smoking issue.
No matter who stays, Cech will surely become first choice ‘keeper with the Czech Republic international saving 88.9 per cent of the shots he faced over the course of last season compared to Ospina’s 80.7 per cent and Szczesny’s 67.2 per cent, albeit a smaller number of games.
Cech will add a calmness and assuring figure between the sticks previously missing from Arsenal line-ups.