David James: ‘Monster’ Petr Cech not enough for Arsenal to win title

Former Liverpool goalkeeper David James believes Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech is a monster signing for Arsenal

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BT Sport pundit David James Photo: BT Sport

David James believes Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech will prove a monster signing for Arsene Wenger.

The Gunners lured the Czech Republic international to Emirates Stadium in an £11m deal from Premier League champions Chelsea last month.

The last time Arsenal conceded less than 30 goals was in 2004. That’s the level they need to be at

David James

Cech has already picked up some silverware at the north London club after he helped Arsenal ease to a 1-0 victory over the Blues in the Community Shield last weekend.

Speaking to The Sport Review, James says he hopes Cech can rekindle his imperious form from his early Chelsea days for the FA Cup holders.

“He is a wonderful goalkeeper,” BT Sport pundit James told The Sport Review.

“I genuinely want him to reproduce the form that he had when he first signed for Chelsea. As a goalkeeper, you want to see a goalkeeper playing well. There is no-one better on his day – he is just a monster!”

Although James is a big fan of the 33-year-old shot-stopper, the former England number one is playing down talk of Wenger’s side winning the Premier League title this season.

“Defensively, Arsenal need to shore up. The amount of headers they conceded – the highest percentage in the league,” James added.

“The last time Arsenal conceded less than 30 goals was in 2004. That’s the last time they won the league. That’s the level they need to be at.”

Arsenal start their Premier League campaign with a clash against London derby rivals West Ham United at The Emirates on Sunday.

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