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Why signing Petr Cech could be Arsenal's best signing in recent years

Reports indicate that the Chelsea goalkeeper could be making the short switch to the Emirates Stadium after a successful spell at Stamford Bridge.

Rumours, such as those on the BBC, seem to be gathering pace suggesting that Arsenal will sign Petr Cech from Chelsea for a fee in the region of £11 million.

If a deal does indeed come off, it would represent a statement of intent for the third consecutive summer from the Gunners - with previous windows having seen them draft in big names such as Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

It seems that ever since the departure of Jens Lehmann, Arsenal have really struggled to find a goalkeeper who can be a consistent stopper. Wojciech Szczesny had displayed encouraging signs after being thrown into the side midway through the 2012/13 season, but when he was dropped midway through the last campaign in favour of David Ospina – who is also yet to fully convince - it was apparent this problem issue had yet to be resolved.

The signing of Cech will be a major coup - a man that has won nearly everything on offer during his time at Stamford Bridge as well as one of the most acclaimed goalkeepers in the league - his signing would be a massive boost to all at the Emirates Stadium.

The signings of Ozil and Sanchez in recent years have both added quality and sent out important messages to Premier League rivals.

There have, however, been times over the past few years when Arsenal have fallen foul of conceding some incredibly soft goals - not all of them the goalkeeper's fault, admittedly, but it's just that commanding presence and experience at the back that could be huge for the side.

Combine that with the pedigree and character the Czech can bring to the side – one which has so often been criticised in recent years for failing to produce over the course of a Premier League campaign – and here is a player that knows exactly what is required mentally.

More than anything, Arsenal would not just be solving a problem position, they'd be buying a winner. Arsene Wenger would also be acquiring a player still at his peak as, at 33-years-old, Cech has got bags of experience but still has a good few years left in him yet.

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