Arsenal’s lack of transfer activity last summer, and indeed in January, is becoming something of a long-running joke now. A picture of Arsene Wenger’s wallet covered in cobwebs is a frequent pun used on the Transfer Deadline Day Twitter feed, but while the naysayers will mock Arsenal’s reluctance to splash the cash, their headline summer signing could be the key to winning the Premier League.
Petr Cech swapped Chelsea for the Emirates for a fee of £10m in the summer, after just playing seven league games for Jose Mourinho in the 2014/15 season. Now back to a full-time regular, Petr Cech has excelled between the sticks keeping 11 clean sheets in 24 top flight games this year.
That not only makes Arsenal a tempting bet for the league title, but it also gives us a cheeky punt for this Sunday’s clash away to Bournemouth.
The only goalkeeper in the Premier League to keep more clean sheets than Petr Cech this year is David De Gea, and the Arsenal keeper is on track to post one of his best records in recent years. In nearly half of Arsenal’s matches he has managed to keep the opposition scoreless – including potential banana skins away to Swansea, Watford and Stoke as well as home ties against Manchester United, Liverpool and Southampton.
Cech has conceded two or more goals in just six matches this season – a record bettered only by Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris. The Arsenal number one has more clean sheets than a nunnery, and his ability to make top class saves as crucial times will be key if the Gunners are to win the league at . An ambition that continues away to Bournemouth on Sunday.
Bournemouth’s attacking ability certainly isn’t in doubt. They’ve scored in 71 per cent of their league matches this season – Liverpool and Manchester United for example have only found the net in 67 per cent of their games. The Cherries have found the onion bag in each of their last four league games, and while that should give Bournemouth fans plenty of attacking confidence – we’re betting on a different outcome on Sunday afternoon.
Arsenal come into the clash with four clean sheets in their last six games, and four of their six away wins this season have been to nil. Arsenal to keep a clean sheet at catches our eye, but we’re happy to take a punt on Arsene Wenger’s men bouncing back to winning ways and the Gunners to win to nil at .
If Wenger’s men can lift the league title that £10m on Petr Cech will be cash well spent, and it can kick on another gear with a win to nil against the Cherries.