By Suburban Gooners
So yesterday, after all of the speculation, endless retelling of his impending arrival and all-round media bluster, Arsenal confirmed that Petr Cech was officially an Arsenal player.
I, like you, am very pleased. I’ll talk a little bit about the signing in a sec, but as I chewed the fat with a fellow Gooner in the office yesterday, I could not help but pine for the ‘old days’ when a transfer came out of the blue.
Thanks to social media and the ever-instant access to information that we all now have, the Cech deal got to a stage where we all knew it was happening, it was just a matter of time. There was no “bloody hell, we’ve signed Bergkamp!” about the announcement yesterday, nor a legendary surprise like the one Arsène gave the media when introducing Sol Campbell to the assembled hacks, who thought we’d be announcing Richard Wright instead.
Perhaps I’m just guilty of being a little too nostalgic, but I preferred ignorance, because the positive surprise and excitement I got when any big name player signed for The Arsenal 10 to 15 years ago was much greater than these days. Or perhaps I’m just getting a little older and longer in the tooth.
Whatever. The important thing is that we’ve gone big on bringing in an established and ‘world-class’ goalkeeper who can only improve our team, and Wojciech Szczesny’s response was the right one.
He praised the signing and publicly, at least, said he’d be pleased to learn from such a player. That is what most Arsenal fans had assumed would be the position that Wenger would take, so it appears as though Szczesny seems to have accepted the challenge.
But Cech is not just a big name, he’s a big-game player too, and this new ruthless Wenger would have thought long and hard about this signing I’m sure. But ultimately, Le Boss will have come to the conclusion that sentiment is no longer soup de jour at Arsenal. He’s always said through countless interviews that if we could find a player in a position that will improve the team, then he would look at bringing them in.
That’s what happened with Mesut Ozil. Most of us thought we needed a striker that pre-season, but there wasn’t one Wenger deemed to be quality enough out there that he could get, but there was a Ozil available and we got him. And aren’t we all glad he did!
Now we have Petr Cech. He will bring experience and quality to a defence and – although not the same mega money as the last two summer signings – he can have the same positive impact on the team as Ozil and Alexis have had. We may well go out and buy another big name player who costs £40m, but it may be the Czech stopper who is the most significant acquisition this summer.
From a personality point of view he comes across very well indeed. Humble to the support of the Chelski fans, while at the same time talking up his new club, he looks very much a calming influence. And he’ll not need any time to settle in, either, because he’s already based in London and he’s even got one of his bezzie mates in the squad in the shape of Super Tom. I particularly liked the part of the Cech interview yesterday when he said that Rosicky’s influence helped to convince him to talk to Arsenal.
Super agent Rosicky.
What it does show you is the influence that other players have on their fellow pros. Sure, it isn’t the main factor behind any deal, but these things can have an impact. It does make me find something positive in the international breaks though, that’s for sure!