Arsenal Turned Down Chance To Sign Chelsea Outcast Petr Cech

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Arsenal’s decade of keeper woes could have been solved long ago…

Arsenal could have signed Petr Cech before he moved to Chelsea, according to the Telegraph.

The 32-year old has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge, and has been linked with a move to the Gunners, along with several other European clubs.

But the Czech stopper could have made the move to North London long ago, as the Telegraph reveal.

“Before I went to Rennes I was watched by Arsenal but when I couldn’t get a work permit the situation was missed,” Cech said.

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“And at the last minute I think the person who was the chief scout at Arsenal didn’t think I was good enough for the English league. So in the end it didn’t happen.”

The scouts will be ruing the decision to let the Chelsea legend slip through their fingers 12 year ago.

In that time Arsenal have had a variety of keepers, and even the best of them – Jens Lehmann – can’t match up with Cech in terms of quality.

Current keeper Wojciech Szcesny is a decent keeper, but he has his shaky moments, and the less said about previous incumbent Manuel Almunia the better.

Cech has meanwhile been a key part of the Chelsea team that has won three league titles and a Champions League trophy since his arrival at the Bridge.

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