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Report: Arsene Wenger hoping Christmas comes early in the form of Petr Cech for £7m

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I see you, Cesc
I see you, Cesc
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It would appear that like any good boy or girl in all parts of the world that celebrate Christmas and believe in some form of Santa Claus, Arsène Wenger has been hard at work on his wish list.  Just what does a Professor of Footballing Excellence and Consistent Also-runnings and Moral Fortitude wish for?  According to The Sun, he wishes for a backup goalkeeper (who doesn't want to be a backup goalkeeper) from his cross-town rivals (who aren't likely to sell a player as good as Petr Čech to him when we weren't willing to sell a player as... decent... as Demba Ba to him).

Arsenal are being linked with a £7million swoop for Petr Cech.

[...] The Sun report that the Gunners are ready to swoop for the 32-year-old when Jose Mourinho gives the green light for his departure.

Arsene Wenger is an admirer of Cech and could use his experience to shore up a defence that has seen the Gunners lose more points from winning positions than any other Premier League side this season.

-source: The Sun via Daily Mirror

I suppose that's the point of wish lists: to wish for perhaps somewhat unrealistic, unattainable gifts.  A job that allows telecommuting from London.  An Audi R8.  A zipper that works.  One of those isn't on my list.

There is little doubt that Petr Čech would prefer to play and play as the number one goalkeeper at a top level club, he's basically admitted as much. While he's been excellent in his new role as the wise veteran, spot or emergency starter, and consummate, uncontroversial professional helping the star of the next decade settle into his role as Chelsea's first-choice goalkeeper, Čech has surely a lot more to offer yet in his career.

But come on, Arsène.  He's surely worth at least £7,000,001!