Arsenal could be set to raid Chelsea once again this summer, with reports suggesting that goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon will be allowed to depart Stamford Bridge if we make an approach, The Times reports.
Lollichon is very close to Petr Cech, and their relationship goes further than the professional boundaries given that they’ve worked together for over a decade.
Starting together at Rennes, Lollichon followed Cech to Chelsea in 2004 and has been his coach for the past 11 years in what has been a very successful period for our summer signing.
Arsenal may well have been preparing for Lollichon’s arrival, as our former goalkeeping coach Tony Roberts joined Swansea (via Swansea City) in the summer, leaving us rather short in that department.
It means that Gerry Peyton remains our only goalkeeping coach, and with three shot-stoppers in the squad, there is certainly space for Lollichon’s potential arrival.
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According to the report, Jose Mourinho is already prepared for Lollichon’s exit with current first team coach Silvino Louro set to resume his natural role of whipping the goalkeepers into shape.
Given the relationship Cech has had with Lollichon, it would certainly benefit us if the two could be reunited at the Emirates Stadium, especially if it means that the 33-year-old will perform to his best.