Petr Cech only a short-term fix for a long-standing Arsenal problem

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Arsenal would be making a big mistake by signing Petr Cech in the summer. Yes, the Chelsea star has proved himself as a world-class goalkeeper at the highest level, but his advancing years mean the veteran custodian will only ever be a short-term fix for a long-standing problem in north London.

As Wojciech Szczesny continues to prove he is not cut out for the first-choice position at the Emirates Stadium, it's time for Arsene Wenger to carefully consider a long-term replacement for the under-fire Poland international.

And, whilst there is no doubting Cech's obvious quality after almost 11 years of service at Stamford Bridge, at 32 he cannot be regarded as the best candidate to solve the recurring difficulties experienced by the Gunners between the sticks for the foreseeable future.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Blues boss Jose Mourinho will not stand in the Czech Republic international's way if he feels his career in west London has come to an end, after losing his starting spot to the impressive Thibaut Courtois following his return from a three-year loan spell at Atletico Madrid.

With 18 months still remaining on his current Chelsea contract, the Portuguese tactician has already ruled out any possibility of Cech leaving in the January transfer window after third-choice stopper Mark Schwarzer left to link up with Leicester City earlier this week.

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However, it's anticipated that he will quit the club at the end of the season in search of more regular first-team action, and Arsenal have emerged as one of the favourites to secure Cech's signature.

It's been reported that Szczesny has been given five months to save his Arsenal career after two high-profile errors in the New Year's Day defeat against Southampton prompted calls for the 24-year-old to be dropped.

He was subsequently left out of the line-up for last weekend's FA Cup third round victory over Hull City, but is expected to regain his place for this Sunday's Premier League clash against Stoke City, even after receiving a £20,000 fine for allegedly smoking in the St Mary's changing rooms in the aftermath of that 2-0 loss on January 1.

Wenger is understood to have already ordered club scouts to sound out a potential successor, so hopefully their 'search' will extend further than the Premier League to avoid the temptation of recruiting Cech on a short-term deal.

Other options?

David Ospina has looked a little shaky in the few appearances he's made since joining Arsenal from Nice, a shadow of the man that performed so well at the World Cup during the summer. The Colombian hasn't exactly filled Gunners fans with confidence, but young Argentine Emiliano Martinez showed great potential after covering for the first and second choice goalkeepers earlier this season.

There is certainly a case to argue that Arsenal should put faith in the South American stopper and promote him ahead of Ospina and Szczesny, which would be more beneficial to the club long-term than completing the shortsighted signing of Cech.

His arrival would create another barrier to stall the 22-year-old's progress further, which goes against the philosophy instilled at the club under Wenger, focusing primarily on the nurturing and development of young, up-and-coming talent for the future.

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