Arsenal best-placed to capitalise should Cech and Chelsea split

Moving house is a drag, moving countries altogether more taxing, and avoiding such upheaval could play right into the hands of Arsenal in their search for a world class goalkeeper.

The Gunners have long been linked to a play for Chelsea’s out-of-favour stopper, Petr Cech, who is due to make an imminent decision on his future with talks between himself and the Blues scheduled next week.

In lieu of these upcoming negotiations, Cech’s latest hints are bound to echo across London at the Emirates.

“Next week we will have a meeting with Chelsea when the situation is clearer and all the cards are on the table,” Cech said.

“If I move, it brings difficulties. I must change everything, looking for housing, a school for children and so on.”

Having previously suggested he’d be open to a move abroad in the same interview, these comments appear to stamp a clear preference on Cech’s desires to continue living in England, and more specifically, London.

It’s a given that his manager Jose Mourinho doesn’t wish to sell the 33-year-old Chelsea legend to an immediate rival, but in recognition of his service at Stamford Bridge the consensus is the club will respect his final decision regardless.

FA Cup holders Arsenal are not the sole suitors for the Czech number one’s services, though, with Manchester United also keeping well abreast of developments as they prepare to lose David De Gea to Real Madrid in all probability.

Indeed, there is little to split Arsenal (5/4) from United (6/4) in the betting to be Cech’s next club once the shutters have come down on the summer transfer window.

Paris St-Germain remain the most likely continental destination according to Ladbrokes, at 5/1.

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Christian Crowther

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