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Veteran Arsenal Custodian Offered Back To Chelsea Amidst Courtois Rumours: Should Emery Let Him Go?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Chelsea have reportedly been handed a chance to re-sign their former goalkeeper, Petr Cech, back from Arsenal this very summer. The Blues are making provisions for the expected departure of Thibaut Courtois for Real Madrid and the 36-year-old is being lined up as a possible replacement. Cech is already well accustomed to the proceedings of a transfer and have also spent 11 years at Stamford Bridge. The veteran shot-stopper is currently in a difficult spot since the arrival of Bernd Leno at the Emirates.

Cech’s starting spot is no longer guaranteed under the new boss, Unai Emery and because of the younger German custodian coming in on £19.3m transfer. However, Cech was quick to reject a move to Napoli as he feels settled at North London and wants to fight for his place in the starting XI.

The one who is expected to leave is David Ospina who might not agree to be a third option. The Columbian is a starter for his country and has played a prominent role in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Chelsea are currently going after AS Roma’s Alisson Becker as well but are facing stiff competition from Liverpool, who seems to have won the battle. The Serie A outfit is expected to serve a tidy sum for the Brazilian international but nowhere close to what Chelsea might get for Courtois.

The latter has been a leading figure at Stamford Bridge for the past four seasons and has entered the final 12 months of his contract. His prodigious return from Atletico Madrid ended Cech’s reign as the starting keeper for the Pensioners.

Eventually, he was sold off to rivals Arsenal, much to the discontent of the then-manager, Jose Mourinho. Cech took over from Wojciech Szczesny in between the sticks to immediately bring around change at the Gunners ranks. He became a leading figure in the club and helped them to an FA Cup trophy and two Community Shields. However, this past season the Czech international was put through a rigorous test only to be exposed on a number of occasions.

The Gunners looked highly vulnerable in defence and eventually missed out on a spot in the next season’s UEFA Champions League. While Cech’s age did start to show through some of his silly errors it will be unjust to completely rule out his contribution to the club.

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The sole purpose of him making the switch to the Emirates was to remain a number one choice. Unfortunately, the turn of events has been such that he might have to move back to West London to look for a similar role. If he is willing to work with Emery at the North London club, it would be wise for the Spanish coach to keep him on for at least another season.

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