Arsenal third favourites behind Chelsea and Manchester City after landing Petr Cech ahead of 2015/16 season
It was inevitable that Petr Cech would leave Chelsea this summer and Arsenal are the welcome recipient of a goalkeeper who is arguably still among the top three stoppers in the Premier League.
Thibaut Courtois kept Cech out of the Blues first team last season although the Gunners will ensure he’s first choice at the Emirates, with the bookies shortening their odds about Arsenal winning the league.
Sky Bet are particularly impressed by the signing and go 4/1 that the Gunners end their title drought by collecting next season’s title, although Ladbrokes are 5/1 about Arsenal usurping Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho accepted the inevitability of Cech leaving Stamford Bridge despite highly rating a player who has played a key role in the club’s success over the past few years, with John Terry claiming the keeper will be worth several points over the course of a season.
He said: “I am sure if he [Cech] does leave the club, which nobody wants to see, but we understand he wants to play football, he is going to be sorely missed. He will improve whatever side he goes to.
“There is obviously talk of Arsenal signing Petr and if they do, that will strengthen them for sure. He will save them 12 to 15 points a season.”
Terry told TalkSport that Chelsea will have to improve to keep the likes of Arsenal at arm’s length again next term.
“To be top of the league the whole way through the season was an exceptional thing to do, but you can’t kind of dwell on that. We have to start concentrating on next season and try to improve on that again.
“When you win the league, you know teams go and spend money to buy the best. Manchester City were a little way off this year and will strengthen. I feel Arsenal and Manchester United are going to be very strong as well.
“We all know once you win it, everyone wants to beat you the following year. It will be even harder for us to win the league again.”
Chelsea are 6/4 chances with William Hill to win the Premier League and many regard this as banker material considering the title was achieved at a relative canter last term.
Manchester City are 11/4 with bet365, with Raheem Sterling expected to eventually complete a move from Liverpool, while Manuel Pellegrini will also be targeting a new centre-half at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester United are 11/2 with Ladbrokes and it might be a bridge too far for Louis van Gaal’s side who have Champions League engagements this term.