Arsenal must pay over the odds to sign Petr Cech - roundup

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Petr Cech could still complete a summer move to Arsenal in the upcoming transfer window if the north London outfit pay over the odds for his signature. 

This is according to, who claim that Jose Mourinho and Co. at Chelsea don't want to sell the experienced 'keeper to a Premier League rival, but could allow him to leave if Arsenal offer a large sum. 

It appears, then, that Cech, who is 32-years of age, could still complete a move to the Emirates, but it remains to be seen as to wether the Gunners' hierarchy splash the cash on landing him. 

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Despite approaching the latter stages of his career, the Chelsea man is still recognised as one of the leading goalkeepers in world football, so would no doubt prove a fine coup for Arsene Wenger. 

At the end of the day, despite the duo of Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina already plying their trade at the club, Arsenal still appear to be in need of a world-class, commanding shot-stopper. 

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It certainly looks set to be an interesting summer for Cech, who certainly won't want to be sitting on the bench next term. 

Ox wants final place 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted that he doesn't know whether he will be fit for this weekend's FA Cup final.

The Gunners will be hoping to retain the trophy against Aston Villa at Wembley, however it's far from certain as to whether the England international will feature. 

"I don't know [if I'll make the cup final]," he told the Daily Mirror. "I hope that I'll be fit and I'll be available but it will be up to the manager to decide if he thinks I'm fit and I'm ready.

"I did feel [this season] was my best campaign. Game time is obviously a plus - I felt like I was getting my fair share of that and I felt strong. For the first time I was an important part of the team.

"When you're a young lad in a team like Arsenal you feel like, of course, you deserve to be at the club… but you're on the periphery and there are world class players and more experienced players around you.

"[This season] especially, I felt like I found my own role in the team that was important to our team.

"All I can do in training is prove my worth and show that I'm ready."

Wenger unhappy with Premier League 

Gunners chief Arsene Wenger has hit out at next season's Premier League schedule, claiming that there isn't enough time for his players to rest before the start of the new campaign, reports the Mirror. 

The new league season is set to kick off on August 8, and Wenger clearly isn't happy about the lack of preparation and recovery time.

The Arsenal boss told reporters: "Moving the fixture calendar forward deeply affects pre-season and I believe it is the wrong decision of the Premier League to start on August 8.

"The players have played the (2014) World Cup, then you have no winter break, you come out (of the Premier League season) and when you reach the FA Cup final, you play on May 30, then the European players who are called up by their international teams play until June 14, then you start (the new season) on August 8.

"If you count six weeks' preparation, where is the time for recovery?

"As a manager, you usually have a bit of time to relax after the season when there is no international competition, but this year we finish at the end of May and start again at the end of June.

"It takes you two weeks to just get out of the heat of the Premier League and then you have to prepare again."

Arsenal fans: How much do you think Cech is worth? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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