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Is Petr Cech the signing of the summer?

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It was a win that ended one of the Premier League's most prestigious hoodoos, after 14 attempts and seven losses Arsene Wenger finally defeated one of his arch enemies Jose Mourinho in the Community Shield.

A glorified friendly perhaps but the atmosphere at the game and the strength of the two teams put out at Wembley highlighted that this game did mean something to both managers deep down.

Arsenal's gritty victory symbolised the progress the club have made over the last year or so and now they seem destined to finally once again challenge for the Premier League title.

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They haven't had to sign a large volume of players in order to achieve the levels they seem to be nearing now, the talent already at the club was obvious.

However, the one summer acquisition they have made thus far could just be the most vital piece of business the club has made in the last decade, Petr Cech.

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Cech's presence

He may only have appeared in pre-season matches so far and yes everything he has had to do has been pretty much routine but the former Chelsea man seems to have installed a new found confidence in Arsenal.

The defenders seem calmer on the ball, against Chelsea you could see the defence playing as an effective unit and nullifying the Chelsea forwards.

This seems to have stemmed from the confidence that Cech brings with his experience and world class goalkeeping talent, something Arsenal have not had in their ranks for some years.

The role of the goalkeeper is often one which is not praised highly enough, all the great teams to have ever graced the game have always had a keeper with world class ability and now Arsenal fall into this bracket.

Arsenal finally have a spine

For too long Arsenal lacked a defensive spine throughout their team which often meant that the valiant efforts from their array of creative technicians was often undone by a calamity of errors at the back.

Now Arsenal have finally found a spine which seems to work for them with Cech being the final and arguably most crucial component.

Laurent Koscielny and Francis Coquelin are the other two players who I believe comprise this spine with both reminding us of their talents during the Community Shield.

With confidence and stability oozing from goalkeeper to the midfield you get the feeling that Arsenal may have finally evolved and now have that mental strength we thought they may never obtain.

Cech can be Arsenal's Edwin van der Sar, a man who instils confidence in all those around him, a leader in the dressing room and above all that a serial winner.

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