Arsenal legend David Seaman has warned Arsene Wenger against making a bid for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech in January, claiming the Gunners boss would be better standing by current first-choice stopper Wojciech Szczesny.
The Sun on Sunday reported over the weekend that the French coach was ready to make a £7 million bid for the Czech Republic international when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year, following speculation the 32-year-old would be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge in 2015.
Out of respect for the veteran custodian, Jose Mourinho will not stand in the way of the Blues legend, and would even accept an offer from a direct Premier League rival if it meant securing Cech regular first-team action.
Understandably, news of the player's prospective availability attracted attention from numerous different clubs, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Real Madrid all thought to be considering offers of their own.
However, it's Arsenal that appear favourites to land the Chelsea star's signature because he is settled with life in London and would prefer not to uproot his family just to guarantee more frequent football.
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But, Wenger might think twice about moving for the £120,000-a-week star, after Seaman spoke out in support of Szczesny, who he feels is coming into his own at the Emirates and has not been to blame for the number goals being conceded by the Gunners this season.
"Arsenal are conceding goals, but it is not through goalkeeping errors" - David Seaman
The Express carries quotes from the ex-Arsenal goalkeeper taken from a recent interview with talkSPORT, whereby he questions the justification of moving for the Chelsea star and meeting his high wage demands when the club already has a capable stopper on its books.
"Wojciech is coming off his best season last season with Arsenal and I don’t think that anybody warrants taking his place because he is not making mistakes," explained the 51-year-old.
"Arsenal are conceding goals, but it is not through goalkeeping errors that they are conceding.
"They have not got anybody in the team at the moment that can grab a game and think, right, we are 2-0 up or 3-0 up, let's sit in front of the back four, see ten minutes out so we don't concede a goal, and then push on from there."
Reading between the lines of Seaman's comments it's the defensive midfield position that he feels Wenger should be looking to address. If the Arsenal boss chooses to listen to his former stopper then Louis van Gaal or Brendan Rodgers will be given a clearer chance of tempting Cech to Old Trafford or Anfield next year.