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Petr Cech and his coach on his way to Arsenal

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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech will soon be a Gunner and he'll be followed by Chelsea goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon.

Christophe Lollichon has coached Cech for more than a decade and in that time has built-up a strong bond both as a friend and as a coach. It seems the two would like to continue that bond further into the future by linking-up at the Emirates.

Cech has reportedly made his intentions clear to both Jose Morinho and Roman Abramovich that he wishes to join Arsenal and after lengthy talks to pursuade him to change his mind failed - they finally gave him permission to talk to the Gunners.

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Long-time admirer Arsene Wenger will be delighted to push the deal over the line and finally get his man. Some would say finally get a truly world class shot-stopper between the sticks at the Emirates. David Ospina proved himself a very capable goalkeeper for Colombia in the World Cup and went on to finish the season as the No 1 goalkeeper at the Arsenal. 

Wojciech Szczesny however has stated that he would be prepared to be Cech's understudy and would welcome as a world class goalkeeper that I can learn from. It seems that Szczesny would be happy to be number two to Cech because time is on his side. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has invested a lot of time and effort into Szczesny and built up a bond with the player despite the players recent smoking indiscretions - and so, would be reluctant to see him go.

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David Ospina however, may not be quite so eager to be the Arsenal number two and it is known that Fenerbahce are interested in him. A full-blown international for Columbia, at 30 years old may not wish to be the back-up keeper, although Wenger rates the keeper highly and therefore would be reluctant to lose him.

Wenger's personal view may be to try and pursued all three to fight it out for their places - believing that healthy competition is good for the team - although it would have to be said, that Cech would be the dominant keeper in any given scenario, with all keepers getting a run out in the Cup games.

Twist

The twist in the Petr Cech to Arsenal goalkeeping story broke yesterday when rumours coming out of Stamford Bridge reported that coach Christophe Lollichon was going to leave and join-up with Cech at the Emirates. What endorsed this rumour and gave it legs was the fact that Arsenal goalkeeping coach Tony Roberts is leaving for Swansea - paving the way for Lollichon. It said that a deal for both Cech and Lollichon is imminent and contracts and personal terms are reportedly a formality.

The one thing that seems to have stopped the deal being completed quickly is Jose Moriniho's insistence that they have a back-up keeper in place before they let Cech go. It seems that QPR goalkeeper Robert Greene has been identified and will come in on a free from QPR who wish to cut the wage bill. This seems to suit all parties and the deal is expected to be quickly resolved.   

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