Paris Saint-Germain have pulled out of the race to sign Petr Cech according to L’Equipe - handing Arsenal a major chance to sign the goalkeeper.
Cech is likely to be on the move in the summer after spending much of this season on the bench - and will reportedly have the freedom to join whichever club he pleases. Arsenal have been named as favourites to land the 32-year-old while Manchester United and PSG are also in the mix.
However it now seems like a straight shoot-out between Arsenal and the Red Devils with PSG out of the race. Cech reportedly wants to stay in England and ideally London, but with David de Gea set to join Real Madrid he could be persuaded to move to Old Trafford.
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Mourinho conceded he would block Cech joining Arsenal if the decision was down to him, but conceded that owner Roman Abramovich would have the final say. The Special One also hinted he would let Cech join the Gunners if a swap deal was proposed.
He said: "My answer is not important because the owner is the owner, he is the person with the perspective I admire a lot, respect a lot. He respects a lot of people who do important things for him. Since 2004 to 2014-15, Cech has had 10 years of success with the club, 10 years of unbelievable behaviour.
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"I will have to accept any decision that the owner has. I’m different. I have the same respect for Petr that everybody at the club has, but my answer [to a proposed move to Arsenal] would be: ‘No way.’ If the answer is different I will accept that. But at every club that is interested in Petr I can find a player that I like in that team, too.”
Szczesny impressed with Coquelin work-rate
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has hailed teammate Francis Coquelin, claiming that the midfielder is a 'special' player.
Coquelin impressed last season after returning from a loan spell with Charlton, claiming a starting spot for himself in Arsene Wenger’s side. The Arsenal boss was rumoured to be looking at signing a new midfielder in the summer window but will now reportedly wait thanks to the emergence of Coquelin.
“I’ve been here with Francis for seven years and we've always seen amazing potential,” Szczesny told Arsenal Player. “Every time out there on the training field he was always the best player, back in the under-18s or the reserves.
“He was something special. His desire, his workrate and his ability to make tackles and interceptions is something incredible. I was quite surprised by how late Francis made his breakthrough."
Sanchez disappointed with Arsenal season
Alexis Sanchez has described Arsenal’s failure to win more trophies this season as "disappointing".
The Gunners retained the FA Cup with a 4-0 win over Aston Villa at Wembley and also secured Champions League qualification once more, however Sanchez believes the north London club should be aiming higher.
"It was an okay season, but it was bittersweet," Sanchez said at a press conference ahead of Chile's first Copa America match with against Ecuador on Friday. "I would have liked to be in the Champions League final or to have won the Premier League title. I believe we have a bunch of skilful players so to not achieve more is disappointing."