Arsenal have lacked a top class goalkeeper ever since the eccentric yet reliable German International Jens Lehmann left the club. Since then, Arsenal fans have endured the hapless Manuel Almunia, error prone Lukas Fabianski , erratic Wojciech Szczesny and the dependable but unspectacular David Ospina between the sticks for their club. A title winning team starts with a world class goalkeeper. This is why Arsenal’s pursuit of Chelsea legend and probably the best keeper ever witnessed by the Premier League in Petr Cech was hailed by all Gooners and football pundits alike.
It has been a long drawn pursuit that has lasted all summer, since the moment news broke that Cech was angling for a move away after Thibaut Courtois replaced him as first choice last season. Despite interest from all over Europe and his manager’s insistence to sell him abroad, Cech had, from the outset, made it clear that he wished to remain in London. Arsenal were the frontrunners for his signature despite their fierce rivalry with the Blues , after news broke out that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will allow Cech to join whichever club he chooses, in addition with a pay-off of about £4 million pounds, for a decade of stellar service to the blues.
It has been reported in the Telegraph that Arsenal have finally wrapped up the deal to bring the player to the Emirates Stadium next season, and an announcement is imminent on Monday regarding confirmation and other details. A fee of £11 million has reportedly exchanged hands with a 4-year-contract in the offing for the player.
Gunners fans all over the world will be hoping for the confirmation to come soon as they rejoice the fact that their club has finally addressed a problem position and can now realistically look to challenge for Premier League glory next season.