When Arsenal signed Petr Cech last summer from Chelsea you would have been forgiven for assuming that our goalkeeping position was sorted out for a good few years. Wojciech Szczęsny would now have an experienced head to look up to and learn from while David Ospina was a more than capable deputy in cup matches. If I was a betting man, I would use my promo code for William Hill and bet that Arsenal would be set up for many years without any further keeping changes.
Fast forward 12 months and we may well have to rethink our keeping options.
Petr Cech had a wonderful start to his Arsenal career, well if you dust away his debut against West Ham under the carpet, that aside Arsenal fans were counting the number of points he had saved us as the games came thick and fast. When you think back to his amazing double save against Liverpool at the Emirates, his single handed thwarting of Bayern Munich or his point blank save against Anthony Marshall at home against Manchester United, Cech was having a remarkable start to his Arsenal career.
When he returned from injury, sustained when trying to actually score a late goal against Swansea, we started to see a chink in his armour. He was beaten a few times from long range which proved he was human after all. I hope that it is an issue he can solve over the summer months and not just an issue with athleticism. There is no escaping father time so if that is the problem then we really are in a spot of bother.
But the issue isn't so much Petr Cech but of his understudies. Wojciech Szczęsny was sent on loan to Roma to get a season under his belt and hopefully return to challenge Arsenal's new number one keeper. That may have been the plan but I don't see Szczęsny making the return to North London. He wants to continue to get first team football and that won't happen in season 2016/17.
David Ospina is another who wants to play first team football, he was linked heavily with a move to Turkey last season and those rumours have not gone away.
So if we do lose two of our back up keepers, we will have to turn our attentions elsewhere. Emiliano Martínez (formerly known as Damien but hopefully not from the Omen) was on loan at Wolves and did reasonably well. Maybe this is his chance to sneak up the pecking order behind the Czech keeper.
Arsene may have to put his hand in his pockets to complete the trio of keepers needed for the first team squad.
It will be interesting to see how this one plays out.