Arsenal keen on Oblak as Cech replacement


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Contrary to the norm, Premier League giants Arsenal were one of the most active clubs in the January transfer window, securing the services of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, as well as tying Mesut Ozil down to a new long-term contract.

Not content with that haul, Arsene Wenger already has his eye on a goalkeeper for the summer. Jan Oblak is his target, according to the Guardian, and the Atletico Madrid shot stopper would become the long term replacement for the ageing Petr Cech.

Arsenal have conceded 35 goals this season, making them statistically the worst defensive side in the top seven of the Premier League, and the addition of a world class keeper would go a long way towards improving that fact.

While Cech is without a doubt one of the English top flight’s best ever, he seems to have passed his peak, and at times looks shaky in net for the Gunners. His backup David Ospina is by no means a bad keeper, but if Arsenal want to be competing at the top level then they require top tier talent.

Oblak is just that, having secured his spot as Diego Simeone’s number one at Atletico Madrid. The Rojiblancos have built a reputation as one of Europe’s foremost defensive sides, and the shot stopper has been an inherent part of that.