Despite there being a World Cup going on in Russia, the transfer merry-go-round is in full swing with new Arsenal boss Unai Emery in full preparation mode ahead of the big kick-off against Manchester City on August 11th.
However, there was some good transfer news coming out of the Emirates for a player that is neither joining nor departing.
Veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech was commenting on his future to Calcio Mercato and stated that his future ‘lies with Arsenal’.
This is certainly a good thing as Napoli were rumoured to be in for the 36-year-old, but the former Chelsea man was quick to end the Italians interest in him and state his future to the Gunners.
The rumours that Cech would be allowed to leave only heightened after Emery signed German goalie Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen in the middle of June.
Leno is 10-years Cech’s junior and will for the first time in the Czech’s Arsenal career finally provide competition for the number one spot after backup keeper David Ospina failed to dislodge Cech.
Now, after four years at the club spent as an understudy to Cech. Colombian Ospina will be given the chance to leave as either one of himself or Cech were set to exit the Emirates this summer.
Cech’s confirmation that it will not be him will likely please Arsenal fans and with Leno in the Gunners ranks, for the first time in nearly 10 years, Arsenal can finally have confidence in their keepers.
Ospina has been a decent servant to Arsenal but with the 29-year-old currently on World Cup duties for Colombia (and starting), it makes sense to let the former Nice man go as his stoke is arguably the highest it has ever been with Colombia set to face England in the last sixteen of the World Cup on Tuesday.
Wherever he goes, it will be a fond farewell to a keeper who just never quite cut it on a regular basis even though the chance was there.