Glenn Hoddle says Petr Cech is the start of an Arsenal spine, but not the final piece in a title challenge

Petr Cech Goal

The former Tottenham player and manager was impressed with Arsene Wenger's purchase from his old club Chelsea.

Spurs favourite Glenn Hoddle weighed in with his opinion on Arsenal's signing of Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, in a report on Kicca, and the ex England boss thought the Gunners had completed some excellent business, even if they do need to continue making improvements.

The 33-year-old crossed London to sign for Arsenal on Monday, seemingly making the club significantly stronger while harming Chelsea's strength in depth in that department.

But Hoddle thought that the signing didn't make the Gunners title challengers just yet, even though he did admit that it was a solid base in which to improve the side.

"Is Cech the player to go in there and say we can now challenge for the title? No, but Arsenal now have the opportunity to become more solid and it’s a fresh challenge for him, he’ll be excited about keeping clean sheets," Hoddle said on Kicca.

"There was a familiarity about Chelsea, he wants to play, he wants to stay in London, I know that for a fact, so he’s going to be a happy bunny off the pitch and if you’re a happy bunny off the pitch you’ll perform better on it.

"I do believe he is a very good goalkeeper, a world-class goalkeeper and he’s probably got another couple of years left in him at that level."

"Arsenal have got themselves the start of the spine, they’ve still got a couple of others they need to buy but I think if I’m an Arsenal fan, and I’m not, I’d be very happy at this moment about that acquisition."

What does Arsenal's spine look like right now?

With Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny established at the heart of the defence, there is possibly room to bring in another top class centre back. Both players will be in their 30s early into the new season, and with neither having won a league title in their career, it could be argued that the club don't possess a defender in the same class as Cech.

Central midfield is an interesting case, because in Francis Coquelin, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere , the club have real quality, even if, again they are lacking one of the top midfielders in the world or a player who has experience of winning league titles.

Of course, the likes of Alexis Sanchez and to a lesser extent, Mesut Ozil, have form when it comes to league victories, with the Chilean an outstanding performer in his debut Premier League campaign last season, but up front they are lacking a consistent goalscorer who is again among the world's best. Olivier Giroud is an excellent forward, but showed at the end of the season that he is capable of going on a barren run, as well as a prolific one.

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