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'Cech key to Arsenal'

Published 05/08/2015 | 02:30

Niall Quinn said that the signing of Petr Cech provided their defence with a goalkeeping presence they have not had for a while
Niall Quinn said that the signing of Petr Cech provided their defence with a goalkeeping presence they have not had for a while

Niall Quinn believes that the addition of Petr Cech gives his former club Arsenal a great chance of pushing Chelsea for the Premier League title.

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And, while Quinn still feels Jose Mourinho's charges may retain their crown, his Sky counterpart Chris Kamara believes Cech can inspire Arsenal to league glory.

"I would say this is Arsene Wenger's best chance for a long time," says Kamara. "If you watch Arsenal over the last three, four, five seasons, they concede goals and you see the players looking at the ground. Nobody is taking responsibility, nobody is wagging the finger.

"Petr Cech wants clean sheets and he will demand things from his back four," added Kamara, who says Diego Costa's hamstring could determine Chelsea's fate.

Quinn said: "Cech has presence and that's something Arsenal's goalkeepers haven't had for a long time. But Chelsea will be hard to knock off their throne."

The Irishman also spent time at Manchester City and will be watching Raheem Sterling's fortunes with interest.

While later acknowledging the irony of his disappointment that Seamus Coleman didn't push for a move from Everton to Manchester United this summer, Quinn was unhappy with the manner of Sterling's exit from Liverpool and the public role of his agent.

"He'd been in trouble in the past and Liverpool helped him out," he said.

"When you're a young player and fame hits and trouble hits, the club did really well for him and turned him into what he is - a hugely exciting talent and a brilliant footballer and the other stuff is gone out of the equation now.

"He forgot about that instantly in the quest for the big move and I didn't like that," asserted Quinn, who does feel that the influence of American owners may eventually slow down the staggering rise in player wages despite an imminent increase in TV money.

Irish Independent

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