Wilson: Petr Cech is one of the three best goalkeepers in the world

Petr Cech Goal

Arsenal may be about to sign one of Chelsea's longest serving players, and it could end up being one of the key transfers of the summer.

As Arsenal reportedly move closer to recruiting Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, there is one member of the club's illustrious history that is delighted with the prospect of signing the 33-year-old, and Bob Wilson told Sky Sports just how highly he rates the Czech international.

Wilson played for the Gunners for eleven years, then coached the goalkeepers at the club for 28 further years, and he thinks Arsene Wenger may be about to pull off a masterstroke.

"It’s an amazing possibility for Arsenal," Wilson said to Sky Sports earlier on Tuesday, when discussing the move. "There is no doubt that he is at this moment right up there with the other two goalkeepers that I would have at the top of the list [of best goalkeepers].

"I would have Courtois as the best goalkeeper in the world at the moment, and then I would have Manuel Neuer as a very close second.

"But I actually believe Cech is very much on a level with Courtois and obviously experience wise, he is way ahead of Courtois."

Wilson went on to say that he agreed with Chelsea captain John Terry regarding Cech's ability to win matches for his side.

"The top goalkeepers all have an extraordinary presence about them and the ability to win games almost single handily," he added.

"When everything else fails, you have a Petr Cech there who is capable of getting you out of the mire."

Could Petr Cech be the missing link for Arsenal?

It isn't a stretch to suggest that if Arsenal sign Cech, they would be signing a player that could become one of the club's best ever goalkeepers.

The Gunners have done something similar before in the past, having signed Pat Jennings from rivals Tottenham in 1977, with Spurs allegedly thinking the then 32-year-old past his prime, but the Northern Irishman gave eight years of service to Arsenal, making himself a club legend.

Doubts have remained over the Gunners last few goalkeepers, with questions being asked of David Ospina, Wojciech Szczesny, Manuel Almunia and even Jens Lehmann at times, but in Cech they have a proven world class stopper.

With goalkeepers able to remain at the top of their game into their 40s nowadays, it is possible Cech could be keeping goal at the Emirates for several seasons, and if Wilson is right, and Arsene Wenger has one of the best in the world between the sticks, then Chelsea may just have unintentionally made one of their title rivals a whole lot stronger.

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