Former England defender Gary Neville says Arsenal simply have to sign a top quality goalkeeper.
Manchester United legend Gary Neville explained on Sky Sports that he feels Arsenal will struggle to win the league until they have invested in a proper number one.
Neville feels that the Gunners haven’t effectively addressed the position of their goalkeeper since the days David Seaman and Jens Lehmann were the main men between the sticks and he’s played down the idea that Petr Cech could be on his way to the Emirates.
“It lets Arsenal off the hook. You could argue they have struggled for a goalkeeper since Jens Lehmann and David Seaman. It’s a struggle to win a title without a great goalkeeper, a massive struggle,” said Neville.
“If I was Jose Mourinho, with Arsenal potentially being one of my biggest rivals next season, I would not sell them Cech at all.”
The importance of having a top quality and world class goalkeeper has been demonstrated at Manchester United and Arsenal’s local rivals Tottenham Hotspur throughout this season.
David De Gea and Hugo Lloris have both won a lot of points for their teams through gutsy saves and big performances, where they have produced under pressure.
Neither of those teams are close to winning the league at the moment, but they show how important a good shot stopper is, alongside Thibaut Courtois who won the league this year with the Blues.
The goalkeeper is crucial in any team because he can organise things he sees developing ahead of him.
If Cech is available this summer, there’s going to be an almighty scrap for him and if Arsene Wenger decides that he wants him, he’ll have to fight hard to compete financially and to convince Mourinho to do a deal.