It looks like Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech’s £11 million switch to Arsenal will be completed this week, with the former Chelsea No.1 signing a three-year deal, worth in the region of £100,000-per-week at the Emirates.
Ironically, Cech’s debut for Arsenal could come against Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley on August 2.
The clash could see Cech and Blues skipper John Terry go head-to-head after 11 trophy-laden years together. And Terry believes Cech’s switch across the capital will be worth up to 15 points for Wenger’s side next season.
‘I am sure if he does leave the club, which nobody wants to see, but we understand he wants to play football, he is going to be sorely missed,’ said the former England captain.
‘He will improve whatever side he goes to. There is obviously talk of Arsenal signing Petr and if they do get Pete, that will strengthen them for sure.
‘He will save them 12 to 15 points a season.’
Cech is a four-time Premier League winner, four-time FA Cup winner, three-line League Cup winner and is one of few goalkeepers to win the Premier League player of the month award. He was also most recently named into the PFA Team of the Year in 2014.
Chelsea goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon could now follow Cech across London. Cech and Lollichon have formed a successful bond at Stamford Bridge, and the Gunners are keen on capitalising on that partnership next season.
Meanwhile, David Ospina is set to leave once Cech’s move is ratified. Arsenal would prefer to sell the Colombian rather than Wojciech Szczesny as the Pole qualifies as a homegrown player.