After playing musical goalkeepers for the last seven seasons, Arsene Wenger may have finally found the kind of veteran presence, professionalism and reliability between the posts he’s been looking for, in the form of Chelsea’s Czech shot-stopper Petr Cech.
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Arsenal are reportedly close to completing the signing of the 33-year-old ‘keeper for a transfer fee just north of $17 million, according to multiple reports out of the UK on Monday.
Cech, who during the 2014-15 season lost his starting spot to Thibaut Courtois after 10 years as the undisputed No. 1 at Stamford Bridge, will reportedly still take home a weekly salary of more than $150,000 upon his move 10 miles up the road in London.
Ever since Jens Lehmann left the club (for the first time) at the end of the 2007-08 season, it’s been very much a non-stop revolving door in goal for Arsenal, with the likes of Manuel Almunia, Lukasz Fabianski, Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina have all failed to make the starting job their own for prolonged period of time.
Arsenal are expected to announce their capture of Cech this week, with just the formalities and paperwork of the deal still to be completed. Cech will likely make his competitive debut for Arsenal against his soon-to-be former club in the Community Shield on Aug. 2.