Petr Cech’s much-discussed transfer from Chelsea to Arsenal will finally be completed next week.
The 33-year-old goalkeeper will cost the Gunners £10.9m and he will instantly become the first-choice stopper at the Emirates Stadium, despite having been deputy to Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge.
Cech was Chelsea’s number ‘1’, in terms of his squad number, in all 11 seasons with the Blues, ever since signing from Rennes in 2004. Courtois wore 13 last season.
Will Cech be number ‘1’ at Arsenal too? It would seem so.
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Arsenal’s number ‘1’ jersey currently belongs to Poland international Wojciech Szczesny, but it looks like that is about to change.
The Gunners put their new home kit on sale on Thursday, with fans flooding to the store to buy one.
Many got names and numbers printed on the back, but Arsenal store staff apparently told customers that they could not have ‘Szczesny 1′ printed, nor were they allowed ‘Podolski 9′ or ‘Ospina 13′.
It is expected that Szczesny will be given a new number to make way for Cech, while David Ospina and Lukas Podolski and expected to be sold to clubs in Turkey.
Arsenal are refusing to print ‘Ospina 13′ & ‘Podolski 9′ on new shirts & also advising fans not to get ‘Szczesny 1′ pic.twitter.com/aZFTz8QYq3
— Arsenal (@ArsenalGoals) June 25, 2015