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Arsenal agree deal to sign Petr Cech

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Arsenal have agreed a deal in principle with Chelsea to sign goalkeeper Petr Cech in January, according to the Daily Star.

The report has suggested that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has personally held talks with the Blues hierarchy over the 32-year-old shot-stopper, with a January move now expected to take place.

Cech's success 

Cech, of course, has enjoyed over a decade of success at Stamford Bridge, but has struggled for opportunities since the return of Belgian ace Thibaut Courtois who has now claimed the No.1 jersey at the club. 

It now appears, then, that Cech could be on his way to Chelsea's Premier League rivals, with Jose Mourinho and Co. prepared to sell to the north London outfit. 

In fact, the same report has suggested that Arsenal are prepared to spend as much as £7 million in order to secure the player's signature, as Jose Mourinho looks set to offload another club legend. 

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Cech, though, will be desperate to continue playing at the top, so it wouldn't be a surprise if he decides to move on in the winter transfer window. At 32, the 'keeper will hope to have at least another five or so years between the sticks, but it remains to be seen as to whether that will be in the red of Arsenal. 

Competing with Szczesny

If the Chelsea man does complete a move to the Emirates, then he may well go head-to-head with current Arsenal No.1 Wojciech Szczesny for a place in the side. 

In truth, Szczesny has failed to prove his credentials as one of the best goalkeepers in England's elite division in recent time, as he's struggled for form on a consistent basis. 

The addition of Cech may well slow his progress down at the Emirates, but he may well be willing to fight for his place in north London. For now, though, Szczesny and Co. will be concentrating on this weekend's round of Premier League fixtures, as the Gunners play host to Manchester United. 

Cech, meanwhile, will be hoping to feature as the Blues take on West Brom at Stamford Bridge, but it's likely that he will once again be watching from the bench. 

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