Cech left Chelsea after 11 successful years to join their fierce rivals in North London for a reported fee of £11million last month and that move has been greeted with huge praise from Gunners supporters, who view the arrival of the 33-year-old as a step in the right direction in the club’s ambitions to be crowned champions of England for the first time since 2004.
Meanwhile Begovic completed his move to Stamford Bridge from fellow Premier League outfit Stoke City earlier in the month as a replacement for the Czech Republic international and James says Arsenal should have signed the Bosnia and Herzegovina keeper instead because of his longevity:
“Petr Cech is a very good goalkeeper but he’s not at his best,” the former Liverpool keeper said [via Mirror Online]
“At 33 years of age, there’s nothing to say he can’t get back to the form of Petr Cech at his best though.”
“Begovic has longevity because of his age, and, alongside Thibaut Courtois, you’ve got two of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League with 15-plus years ahead of them.”
“For sure, If I was an Arsenal fan I would have been happier to have signed Begovic – £8m for Begovic and £11m for Cech,” James added.
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Cech made his first appearance in a Gunners shirt in their 3-1 pre-season victory over Everton in the Barclays Asia Trophy final last Saturday and pulled off a stunning save in the first half to simply demonstrate his superb shot-stopping qualities.