Chelsea captain John Terry has indicated that the prospective signing of teammate Petr Cech would make Arsenal genuine Premier League title contenders next season.
The 33-year-old goalkeeper is believed to be closing in on a move to the Gunners after asking to leave Stamford Bridge, having lost his first-team place to Thibaut Courtois.
Terry has won four Premier League titles alongside the Czech international and rates him as good enough to earn whichever side that he is playing for 12-15 points per campaign.
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Arsenal finished 12 back from the Blues as they won a first English championship in five years last term.
Terry told talksport: “There is obviously talk of Arsenal signing Petr and if they do get Pete, that will strengthen them for sure. He will save them 12 to 15 points a season.
“I am sure if he does leave the club, which nobody wants to see, but we understand he wants to play football, he is going to be sorely missed. He will improve whatever side he goes to.”
Cech has reportedly agreed personal terms with Arsenal, but the London rivals are yet to agree a deal with negotiations ongoing.