David James suggests Arsenal fans would have preferred Begovic to Cech

Former Premier League goalkeeper David James has argued that Asmir Begovic would have been a better signing for Arsenal than Petr Cech.

Former Premier League goalkeeper David James told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that he feels Arsenal fans would have been happier had the Gunners signed Asmir Begovic from Stoke over Petr Cech from Chelsea.

Cech was an £11 million arrival for the Gunners earlier this summer, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger addressing a key area of his squad which should bode well for the side with the return of the Premier League now just over two weeks away.

However, James has suggested that Begovic boasts greater longevity than the ex-Chelsea man.

“Petr Cech is a very good goalkeeper but he’s not at his best. At 33 years of age, there’s nothing to say he can’t get back to his best form though,” James told talkSPORT.

“They (Chelsea) have gone out and bought Asmir Begovic, who was sought after by many big clubs in the last two or three years – He’s got age on his side.”

“If I was an Arsenal fan I would have been happier to have signed Begovic.”

Is Cech’s age really a problem?

Not particularly because the demands on goalkeepers are arguably less than the demands on players in any other position.

Edwin van der Saar joined Manchester United towards the end of his career and had arguably his best years as a player at Old Trafford.

Cech could easily play at the highest level for another four or five years and Arsenal will trust their scouting network to have found a top quality ‘keeper to replace him by the end of that period.

It’s difficult to see a negative

It’s difficult to see a negative in Cech’s move to the Gunners because what it all boils down to is Arsenal signing a very experienced player with a proven track record of success in the Premier League and the Champions League.

Cech is a player who will organise Arsenal’s back four and he definitely moves the club forward.

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