Arsenal tried to sign former Chelsea star twice before landing him

Arsenal made attempts in both 2004 and 2013 to land Petr Cech, with the former Chelsea man in Arsene Wenger sights for some time, according to The Daily Mail.

The experienced Czech Republic international penned a deal earlier this summer to move from Stamford Bridge to the Emirates Stadium, solving the Gunners’ goalkeeper crisis as a result.

Cech had fallen down Jose Mourinho’s preferences after the emergence of Thibaut Courtois, who took the veteran’s number one jersey in West London last term after loan stints at Atletico Madrid.

However, it is believed that Cech had been in Arsenal’s sights twice before, with Wenger trying to capture the giant custodian before he penned a deal for the Blues and a couple of years ago also.

The goalkeeper will face his former club in this weekend’s Community Shield at Wembley, with it sure to be a surreal experience for the long-term Chelsea man.