London - Arsenal's hopes of sustaining a credible title challenge this season
have been given a boost after they managed to persuade Chelsea to allow keeper
Petr Cech to join one of their direct rivals.
"It's true not many players leave Chelsea for Arsenal, but
the deal itself was not too difficult," Wenger said.
"The decision was difficult because I felt our two
goalkeepers did very well last season, but, on the other hand, we could add
experience and strengthen the belief of our squad."
Goalkeeper has long been a problem position for Arsenal with David
Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny both culpable for errors last term as the side
Cech's arrival has been greeted warmly by Germany international
Per Mertesacker, who will be marshalling the defensive line in front of the
Czech shot stopper.
"There's even more belief now and we feel very confident at
the back. There are many doubters out there, but we feel a lot stronger with
Petr Cech," he said.