New head coach Unai Emery appears on the verge of signing Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno in a £22 million transfer this summer, and even though Cech just recently switched his shirt number to the famous, ubiquitous 1, the simple truth is that any keeper purchase this summer relegates him to the role that David Ospina has had the past three seasons. If Cech is to get any sort of consistent playing time at this late stage in his career, assuming Arsenal land Leno (or any other keeper, for that matter), it will not be at the Emirates.
Cech moved to Arsenal in the summer of 2015, from Chelsea, and one of the reasons he chose the club at the time was that he could keep his family in London, where his kids have been raised and where he’s spent the last 14 years of his life. At age 36, it’s hard to see Cech deciding to uproot his family and move to a different country. If Cech is to move on from Arsenal, one should probably expect a club much closer to the life he’s established in London than Napoli.
Then again, stranger things have happened. More to follow, as always.