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Parlour says Petr Cech should be top of Arsenal's shopping list

The Gunners legend suggested Arsenal's goalkeeping position still needs strengthening, picking the Chelsea man as the perfect transfer.

Arsenal favourite Ray Parlour has outlined a several positions which should be strengthened by the Arsene Wenger this summer, before telling the Standard of one player that would be his first choice arrival if he was available.

“Wenger has three or four positions he has got to look at next season,” said the Gunners hero. “He needs a central midfielder, he definitely needs a centre-half and the goalkeeping situation needs sorting as well.

“Whether Chelsea would let him [Cech] go to one of their rivals is the burning question, but if Cech was available for the money reported — about £10million — it is a no-brainer. He would be first on my shopping list. I’d let Szczesny go if he wants to play more regularly because that wouldn’t happen.

“It is nothing against Ospina but when you look at the games Cech has played in and the trophies he has won, he’d be a great addition for Arsenal. If you are going to challenge for the league, you need a top quality goalkeeper which Cech is.”

As Parlour said, Jose Mourinho would hate to lose a goalkeeper he rates so highly to a club Chelsea are likely to be fighting against next season in the title race.

Coupled with the fact summer signing David Ospina has impressed since winning a starting role in the league at the start of 2015, and Cech coming to the Emirates seems both an unlikely and somewhat unnecessary deal.

Mourinho and Wenger also have a notoriously frosty relationship, with the jibes at each other ahead of Sunday's match between the two clubs unlikely to have thawed that at all.

But if Cech does request to leave Stamford Bridge, he may have a little more say in where he'd like to move to given his extraordinary service over the last eleven years. There have been stories that the Czech international, who has played just 14 games this season behind Thibaut Courtois, would like to stay in London, which would leave Arsenal as the only top alternative to the Blues.

And with 12 major trophies to his name in that time, better than one every year, perhaps Parlour's words don't seem quite so strange.

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