Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has completed his move to rivals Arsenal in one of the most important deals of the summer so far.
The 33-year old was widely expected to complete a move to the Gunners ahead of other clubs, including Manchester United, as they are London based which means Cech doesn’t have to uproot his family.
Cech lost his place in Chelsea’s starting XI last season to youngster Thibaut Courtois who usurped him as the club’s No.1 in Jose Mourinho‘s title-winning side.
The former Czech-Republic international was rumoured to have interested Man United executives, who were seen in a meeting with Cech’s agent and Mourinho earlier this year. However, he is now an Arsenal player.
The goalkeeper’s arrival at the Emirates means that Wenger has addressed his long-standing goalkeeper problem, with both Wojciech Szczęsny and David Ospina failing to convince the Frenchman of their abilities.
— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) June 29, 2015
With this improvement to the Arsenal squad, the Gunners are likely to be feeling confident that they can challenge for the title next season, something Man United fans will not want to hear.
Some United fans saw Cech as the perfect replacement for David de Gea, who is widely expected to leave the club and join Real Madrid in the near future.
If Cech had joined United, the transfer would have shared shades of similarity to Edwin van der Sar’s move to United from Fulham back in 2005, who joined at a similar age to Cech now.
However, it appears that the 33-year-old was reluctant to leave London to continue his football, meaning United are forced to look elsewhere.
De Gea may leave United this summer, so could losing out on Cech be something which comes back to haunt the side?