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Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman reckons that the signing of Petr Cech from Chelsea has finally solved the goalkeeping problems for the Gunners.

Ever since Seaman left the club more than a decade ago, manager Arsene Wenger has been plagued by goalkeeper issues. Jens Lehman appeared to provide some respite and the problems have mounted since his departure several years ago.

After being reluctant to sign an experienced goalkeeper, Wenger finally gave into the pressure and brought in Cech from Chelsea for around £10 million. Even though he has already been guilty of committing a few mistakes, his time at Arsenal has so far been brilliant. Some pundits have likened the change in Arsenal’s form to the change in Red Rum (who dominated the horse racing betting after the final piece of the puzzle slotted into place).

Seaman says that Cech provides the reassuring calmness that the club has missed for a long time. Apart from being a top goalkeeper, Cech also has immense experience of winning trophies. He managed to collect 13 major titles with Chelsea in just 11 seasons.

Seaman says that name like David Ospina have done extremely well but are unlucky to find a name like Cech ahead of them in the pecking order. Cech’s signing also made way for Wojciech Szczesny to join Roma on a season-long loan. The Polish international is unlikely to return to the Emirates stadium despite his young age.

“It is a problem solved for Arsene. You have got a goalkeeper there with great quality, great experience and who commands immediate respect from the Arsenal players for what he has done in the game. (David) Ospina has done well and is a little unfortunate to find himself as number two – Wojciech Szczesny has shown inconsistency and you can’t do that as Arsenal goalkeeper. With Cech you have just got quality. The consistency helps sustain a challenge, it helps the confidence of the defence,” said the former Arsenal goalkeeper.