Szczesny’s two blunders in the 2-0 defeat to Southampton on New Year’s Day cost Arsenal ground in their chase for a top four finish and, according to the Daily Star, Wenger is preparing a £7 million bid for Cech this month.
The 32-year-old Chelsea shot-stopper has lost his place in Jose Mourinho’s side this season to Thibaut Courtois, but remains keen to play first-team football – even if it means leaving Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho, however, wants to keep hold of the Czech international, while Wenger is yet to confirm his interest in the experienced goalkeeper.
But Cech’s agent, Viktor Kolar, has given Wenger incentive to make a bid for his client after revealing the shot-stopper would consider the switch:
‘I think Arsenal should have made an offer to him.
‘I think Petr would be considering it.’
Wenger does have David Ospina and Damian Martinez to utilize if he decides to drop Szczesny from the starting line-up. Yet it seems the Frenchman doesn’t have faith in either of them to become his number one, with Ospina yet to start a game for the Gunners since joining in the summer and Martinez still young and learning his trade. Even if Szczesny does make errors now and again, he still remains our best shot-stopper at the club and will be picked to start regardless of his form and performances. This is why Wenger must bring someone like Cech in this January – unless of course he believes he doesn’t need a new goalkeeper.
Nonetheless, despite being frozen out at Chelsea, Cech remains one of the best shot-stoppers in the world, and for £7 million represents a bargain.
Wenger should register his interest in Cech but because having a strained relationship with Mourinho, the Frenchman may find it tough to actually pull this potential deal off. Still, if you don’t try, you’ll never know.