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Arsenal set to complete Petr Cech transfer on Monday

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Arsenal will reportedly announce the £11m signing of Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech on Monday.

According to the Daily Telegraph Cech passed his Arsenal medical on Friday following negotiations between club officials and Cech over a contract.

Chelsea and Arsenal have reportedly agreed on a fee in the region of £11m for the Czech Republic international, who was eager to move on from Stamford Bridge after falling behind Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order.

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It's unusual for a Premier League title challenger to willingly strengthen a rival but that's exactly what Chelsea seem to have done with this deal.

Cech remains one of the best goalkeepers in world football, and immediately upgrades a position of weakness for an Arsenal team with aspirations of a league title challenge.

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David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny are talented shot-stoppers but neither has the confident all-around game of Cech, a four-time Premier League champion.

In fact, it's believed that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich personally intervened to allow Cech to pick a club of his choice as a gesture for his loyal service following his move from French club Rennes in 2004.

Cech had no shortage of suitors but his desire to stay in London meant that Arsenal were always the frontrunners thanks to their current goalkeeping situation and their offer of Champions League football.

The report goes on to suggest that Chelsea goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon may also follow Cech to north London having worked with him in France.

What do you think Arsenal fans - just how good a signing is this for the Gunners?

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