CROOKS: CHELSEA RIGHT TO REPLACE PETR CECH WITH THIBAUT COURTOIS… THIS IS WHY

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Ex-Tottenham player Garth Crooks believes Thibaut Courtois’ solid display against Arsenal on Saturday proves Chelsea were right to replace Petr Cech with the Belgian goalkeeper.

“All that nonsense about Chelsea handing Arsenal the title when they sold Petr Cech to their rivals couldn’t have been further from the truth,” Crooks wrote in his BBC Sport column.

“The Gunners were mauled at Stamford Bridge. There were two moments of inspiration from Arsenal which resulted in two world-class saves by Thibaut Courtois.

“A wonderful tip over the bar from a Gabriel header in the first half and a brilliant save from a Danny Welbeck effort in the second made it absolutely clear that the Blues, and Courtois in particular, were determined to slam the Premier League door on Arsenal’s fingers.

“Courtois has only conceded seven league goals at home all season while Arsenal appear to be giving goals away like they are going out of fashion.

“Chelsea have bolstered their challenge by taking a point at Liverpool and all in the space of four days.

“Petr Cech eventually lost his place at Chelsea to Courtois and now we see why. Chelsea have invested in youth and look like winning titles again.”

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