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Petr Cech's Arsenal move will spell the end for either Szczesny or Ospina

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Recent reports surrounding Arsenal suggest strongly that the north London club have completed a deal for Chelsea's out of favour star goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Cech, who is one of the most decorated goalkeepers in Premier League history was seen as second-choice by manager Jose Mourinho, with Belgium's Thibaut Courtois having become the undisputed number one.

Arsene Wenger therefore has subsequently made what will arguably be an excellent signing for the Gunners. However, the question remains, if Arsenal have secured the services of Cech, what will become of the two goalkeepers already in their ranks?

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Arsenal's dilemma

Last season the Arsenal number one Wojciech Szczesny had a torrid time in the net as he made several high-profile error not only on the field, but off it too.

Caught in a media scandal for apparently smoking in changing-room showers post-match, the Polish goalkeeper was removed from his starting place by Wenger and replaced by David Ospina, signed after the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

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Ospina impressed not only Wenger but got the majority of footballing fans on board too with some excellent performances in goal for his national side.

Ospina's claim to the throne

Ospina replaced Szczesny in January 2015 after the defeat to Southampton that left Szczesny in a bad light. He had an extremely poor game and as a result was replaced by Ospina for the next future, with the Colombia star then cementing his place as number one for the rest of the season. Wenger however, kept Szczesny as his cup 'keeper, which allowed him to start - and keep a clean sheet - in the FA Cup.

The stats for Ospina speak for themselves. In 2015 he helped the Arsenal team tremendously, with the Gunners not losing a single match until the end of the season in the Premier League. His calmness seemed to work well with the defence and he was excellent at making important saves at crucial moments in big games. 

Exit on the cards?

Recent reports however have claimed that the Colombian is set for an exit from the Emirates Stadium, and that he will move to Turkish side Fenerbahce. It would appear that this is due to the imminent arrival of Cech to north London.

Apparently it will be Szczesny who will be the Arsenal number two and Ospina will be told to find a new club. If these reports are true one could argue that it is extremely unfair on the latter, who has been an excellent servant for the Gunners in his short spell at the club.

Arsenal have not made any comments on this rumour so it shall remain hearsay at the moment, but it does seem plausible as Wenger has invested so much time in trying to develop Szczesny.

Cech Wenger's man

Wenger has always stated that he feels the Polish international will be the Arsenal number one for years to come, but it would seem that in his quest to win the Premier League he is willing to pay out to secure the services of the highly experienced Cech.

Cech, if he has indeed signed, will be a major coup for the Gunners and will give the whole of the Arsenal squad a massive boost in confidence. What will happen to Ospina and Szczesny as a result of his move remains to be seen.

Arsenal fans, who do you want/ expect to see as your first-team 'keeper next season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.

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