Alrighty, boys and girls, gather ‘round. You, in the back, yeah you, that means you, too. Settle down! It’s story time.
Once upon a time, there was this legendary rugby cap, which bestowed superhuman powers to whoever wore it. That might sound unbelievable, but how do you think Eden Hazard got so good?
Normally of course that cap was worn by legendary goalkeeper Petr Čech, who once guessed correctly on all six penalty kicks in a Champions League final, stopping three of them. Things like that should not be happening, but when you’ve got the cap, impossible is nothing.
Turns out however that the cap loses some of its effectiveness when your teammates wear predominantly red. Sorry, not sorry, Arsenal. We know that Petr Čech was supposed to be worth 10-12 points on his own, but we forgot to carry the
one Koscielny, which reduces to that to maybe 1 or 2. Again, so sorry. (Not sorry.)
While against all odds Cech actually almost managed to backstop Arsenal to a title last season, when all the other big teams decided to take a season off, the now 34-year-old has increasingly come under fire for subpar performances of his defenders, though his gift of a goal to Cesc Fàbregas probably hasn’t helped either.
In fact, some reports would have you believe that Wenger will drop Cech this weekend in favor of David Ospina (who used to be pretty good as well before going to Arsenal), and, according to other reports, might even be looking to bring in a new first-choice goalkeeper in Joe Hart. (Teehee.)
Considering that Arsenal have a glut of decent goalkeepers already (Cech, Ospina, and the loaned out Wojciech Szczesny who leads the Serie A in clean sheets), adding Hart into that mix would make at least one, if not two of them expendable. And this is where Chelsea come in.
When Čech left in 2015, he did so because he was too good to be a backup at Chelsea. We’re now facing a similar situation with Asmir Begović, but considering how Čech will be 35 by the time summer rolls around, perhaps he would be more open to coming back to Chelsea and being Courtois’s backup for another season or two? And then he could follow the likes of Cudicini and Hilario and eventually work his way into a coaching or ambassadorial role at the club. We’ll even promise to forget that he left us for Arsenal.
There’s a chance that this could get awkward, but I think this is a grand idea. Make it so.