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Chelsea to play hardball over Arsenal's next target

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Just how deep is our jar of goodwill and charity?  That is the question as Petr Cech's £11m £10.9m move across London gets finalized.  Do we gift the Gunners yet another crucial piece?  Cech is obviously pretty great by himself, but he's even better when paired with coach Christophe Lollichon.  It's not quite clear whether the goalkeeping coach would favor a similar move, but he was the one to talk up Arsenal as a great destination for Cech, so presumably he himself would not be too averse either.

"For now, it does not matter. No contact has been made. I do not know if this has been discussed between the two clubs, but I do not think Chelsea will be favourable."

-Christophe Lollichon; source: L'Equipe via Evening Standard

The lack of contact, unless Lollichon's not telling the truth, is a bit surprising in light of Tony Roberts' transfer to Swansea from Arsenal.  The departure of the Gunners' goalkeeping coach looked like a nailed-on precursor to not only Cech's move but Lollichon's as well.  Even Courtois joined in with a suggestion on who we could bring in afterwards.

On the other hand, it would be pretty funny if we forced Arsenal to have to look elsewhere for a goalkeeping coach.  Small victories!

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