Petr Cech’s impending arrival from Chelsea could act as the catalyst for Wojciech Szczesny’s Arsenal career, rather than signal the end of it.
That’s the opinion of Gunners legend Bob Wilson, who made over 230 appearances between the sticks for the Londoners between 1963 and 1974, and won the League & FA Cup Double with them in 1970-71.
According to Sky Sports, Cech could complete his move to the Emirates Stadium by the end of the week. Sky report that the 33-year-old has agreed personal terms and that the two London rivals should settle on a fee in the next 48 hours.
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The four-time Premier League winner is leaving Stamford Bridge after a decade for regular first-team football, having lost his place to Thibaut Courtois in the Blues’ goal last season, and that will worry incumbents Szczesny and David Ospina.
Colombia international Ospina is expected to make way after only one campaign with the Gunners, and is quoted in the Daily Express as saying that his agent is in negotiations with Turkish club Fenerbahce.
But Szczesny has made it clear that he is going nowhere, as The Guardian report, and Wilson feels that the Polish stopper could prosper under the tutelage of Cech, who he describes as “one of the great goalkeepers of the game”.
“With Wojciech Szczesny at 24 years of age, I would hope he would look on this as a real possibility of learning more from one of the great goalkeepers of the game,” Wilson told Sky Sports.
Szczesny suffered from problems with ill-discipline and form last season. He was fined and dropped for smoking in the shower after an error-strewn performance in a 2-0 defeat to Southampton in December, according to the Daily Mail.
Serving an apprenticeship under Cech, credited with great professionalism and leadership by Chelsea captain John Terry in The Guardian, could be just what Szczesny needs to get him on the same path to greatness that his soon-to-be teammate has trodden.
Two or three years as the Czech international’s deputy, and then super-confident Szczesny could actually be as good as he thinks he is already.