Jamie Carragher has tipped ex-Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech to make a ‘big difference’ at Arsenal having completed his permanent transfer to the Emirates Stadium.
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The Liverpool legend identified Cech as one of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers, and suggested that the experience, his influence and his talent could have a transformative effect on the Reds defence.
“Cech is still one of the best three goalkeepers in the Premier League,” Carragher began, as reported by Sky Sports, “and will make a big difference not just in his quality but his presence and leadership, which should have a big effect on those in front of him,”
The 33-year-old eventually completed a £10.9 million move across London earlier this year [Mirror], but only after asking Roman Abramovich’s permission to move to one of the Pensioners’ key rivals [Mirror]. Jose Mourinho was less keen to see the stopper move to the Emirates Stadium, and appears to share Carragher’s belief that Cech could prove to be a valuable asset for the North London side [Daily Star].
While the experienced and talented campaigner should bring stability and composure to the defence, there is certainly an element of risk for the Gunners, who have tied considerable funds to an ageing player.
Cech arrives at the Emirates Stadium as one of the most decorated players to ever sign for the 13-time English champions, having won the Premier League four times, the FA Cup four times, as well as both the Champions League and the Europa League.
While Cech looks set to become the Gunners’ No. 1, it remains to be seen who will deputise for the stopper. David Ospina has been linked with a move away from Arsenal, while Wojciech Szczesny lost his place in the starting lineup last season [Independent].