Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy has hailed the signing of Petr Cech, tipping the goalkeeper to help Arsene Wenger's side challenge for the title this season.
Cech has moved across the capital after finding himself on the bench at Chelsea last season, and has been named in the Gunners' pre-season squad for the tour of Singapore next week.
Debuchy is also making the trip to Asia, and is hoping to make a significant impact in the Barclays Trophy ahead of his second campaign at the Emirates Stadium.
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“Petr is a very good keeper with massive experience. He has a lot of quality and is a complete goalkeeper," the Frenchman told the official Arsenal website.
“I think [Arsenal can challenge for the Premier League] and I hope so too. We have all the chance to win the Premier League.”
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“I need to have a good pre-season. It was a hard year last year and I need to do some hard training to be fit for the first game."
Matches against Stoke City or Everton suggest it won't be easy for Arsenal ahead of their opening competitive game of the season - the FA Community Shield against Chelsea.
But Debuchy sees the Premier League pair as ideal opposition, and is relishing the opportunity to test himself once again as part of the Gunners' first team after missing much of last season through injury.
He also lost his place to Hector Bellerin towards the end of the season, and will be hoping to push the Spaniard all the way this time around. Calum Chambers is also an option in the position if Wenger wishes to look at more options.
“I’m so excited to go to Singapore and work hard with the team. I’ve never been before, it’s my first time," he added.
“It’s also important for us to play Premier League teams like Stoke City and Everton because in one month we will play in the Premier League and we need to be ready.”
Before facing either the Toffees or Potters, the Gunners will first meet a Singapore Select XI on Wednesday in the country's national stadium. Alexis Sanchez, David Ospina and Danny Welbeck will not be making the trip.
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