'Cech one of top three goalkeepers in the world'

The Gunners former goalkeeper ranks the Chelsea man alongside Thibaut Courtois and Manuel Neuer as the world’s best as a move edges closer to completion

Petr Cech is alongside Thibaut Courtois and Manuel Neuer as the best three shot-stoppers in the world and can transform Arsenal into genuine Premier League title contenders, according to former Gunners goalkeeper Bob Wilson.

The 33-year-old is believed to be close to leaving Chelsea for their London rivals after falling down the pecking order behind Courtois at Stamford Bridge, despite Jose Mourinho previously ruling out the move.

Wilson is excited by the prospect of Cech’s arrivals with the Gunners looking to address their shortcomings after finishing 12 points behind title winners Chelsea last season.

“I think he is one of the three best goalkeepers in the world,” he told talkSPORT. “As of this moment, I think Thibaut Courtois is the best goalkeeper in the world. I think he is ahead of Manuel Neuer. Petr Cech is right up there with those two.

“At 33, you are absolutely still in your prime as a goalkeeper with your experience and everything. I think there is five, six seasons minimum from Petr Cech.

“He brings authority, complete calm in the way he keeps goal, and presence. If Arsenal manage to get hold of Petr Cech and get another one or two players I think they will challenge for the title.

“With regards to the rest of the squad, they are nearly now as good as Manchester City and Chelsea.

“I am a huge admirer of Petr Cech. He has clearly been the best goalkeeper in this country until young Courtois arrived on the scene. I am really excited if this thing goes through.”

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