Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits the decision to sign Petr Cech from Chelsea was a tough one because of the quality of his current goalkeepers.
The Czech Republic international agreed a £10 million switch late last month to become the first arrival at the Emirates this summer.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich personally allowed the deal to go through as a show of thanks to all that Cech had done for the club.
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Jose Mourinho had previously said that he would not allow a player of Cech's calibre to join a Premier League rival, but later commended the Russian for making such a noble decision.
However, the deal may never have happened had Wenger decided to stick with his current goalkeepers, David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny.
Wenger told Arsenal Player that signing Cech "was a very, very tough decision” because he knew it meant stalling the progress of both Szczesny and Ospina. He is hoping that the vast experience of Cech helps to improve both the Pole and the Colombian.
“You always want to improve the experience level of your squad and I thought he could help us gain something on that front"
“I have two great goalkeepers," he continued. "I think Cech can make them better as well.
“He has huge experience and the fact that he has won more big trophies can strengthen the belief of the team. That can help them to develop and that’s what I expect from him.
“You always want to improve the experience level of your squad and I thought he could help us gain something on that front.
“I still think he has a huge hunger. When I saw him with Chelsea last year he was always convincing and I’m happy that we could do it. His kind of knowledge and experience can help us.”
While Wenger appears to suggest that Ospina will not be leaving the club, all signs point towards an exit for the Colombia international.
Ospina only joined the Gunners last summer and would later go on to become the club's No.1 goalkeeper. However, it appears Wenger is ready to stick by Szczesny, who himself is willing to stay and learn as Cech's No.2.
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