Since David Seaman, Arsenal have been in search of a top quality goalkeeper to push them onto the next level.
Jens Lehmann did well and was part of the invincibles side but his form declined over time and he became very erratic in his play. The Gunners have since tried Manuel Almunia, Lukasz Fabianski, Wojcieich Szczesny and David Ospina among others to fill the area in between the sticks with mixed results.
Last season saw Szczesny dropped due to poor form and a post match smoking incident and Ospina move to first choice keeper, doing a pretty good job from January until the end of the season.
However the Colombian is seen as little more than a stop-gap and is not the player Arsenal need if they are to be serious title contenders.With this in mind, the of signing Petr Cech from Chelsea which could be the turning point in their goalkeeping fortunes.
John Terry has claimed Cech could win the Gunners as many as 12-15 points a season with his contributions. If you were to add the minimum value of this to Arsenal's points total from last season they would have finished top of the league above Chelsea.
Although he may lack match time he will not have lost his goalkeeping ability and will still be a top goalkeeper even at the age of 33. This is why a move could be the best thing for Arsenal and for Cech as he will be guaranteed a place in the starting 11 and the club have got themselves the top quality goalkeeper they have desperately needed.
He could be exactly what Arsene Wenger requires - an experienced older player that will lead from the back and help to bring the winners mentality back to the Gunners dressing room. He has won everything there is to win with Chelsea and will be looking to build a similar medal collection at his new club.
This is a big move for Arsenal and fans will be delighted that the club have seemingly finally addressed a long-term issue.
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