Over the coming weeks between now and the end of the Premier League season, The Boot Room will be publishing two articles a week on Tuesdays and Fridays to assess who has been the best player in their position throughout the 2015/16 campaign. Each of the 11 articles will have a group of our Top 5 stars in each role, but we need you to help put the final team together. Using the poll at the end of the article, you can voice your opinion as to who is the best choice of the five available and then in the final week of the season, the full eleven will be revealed.
It seems only natural to start with the goalkeeping position, so read on to make your choice of the best five shot-stoppers of the 2015/16 Premier League campaign.
Arsenal’s sole summer acquisition from Chelsea was always envisioned to have a significant impact on The Gunners, and so it has proved. Despite a decidedly shaky start to his Premier League career at The Emirates; letting in some dodgy goals against West Ham United as Arsenal slipped to an opening day defeat at home, but has been somewhere approaching flawless ever since. Once his signature was secured during the summer, several pundits and John Terry himself were predicting the number of Premier League points that Petr Cech would be worth for Arsenal, with the general consensus falling somewhere around the 12-15 mark. With a few weeks still remaining of the 2015/16 season, it certainly appears as though Cech has already achieved this figure if not surpassed it.
Of course, it is difficult to define a specific number due to the famously crazy nature of the Premier League this time around, but what is beyond debate is the invaluable influence that he has had on the defence in front of him. The giant Czech ‘keeper may claim that much of that is down to the fact that he communicates with his individual defenders in separate languages, but Cech’s actions do all the talking for him. Commanding in his penalty area under the high ball, boasting a huge span that allows him to stretch to the very corners of his goal, and surprisingly agile across the ground, Cech fills his back-line with confidence, making Arsenal a much more complete unit.
At the time of writing, Arsenal were 12 points ahead of Chelsea in the Premier League standings, an incredible turn-around considering that The Blues overcame their London rivals by that same margin in the last campaign. Petr Cech was the only signing of note for the season, so his impact on Arsenal’s consistency cannot be underestimated. Could he become the first player ever in the Premier League to win the title in consecutive seasons with two different clubs? We will find out in only a few weeks, but Cech’s displays for The Gunners should be revered regardless of how the team’s season ends up.