Petr Cech to Arsenal: Former Gunners defender Lauren jumps the gun in congratulating Chelsea goalkeeper on his move

Cech is expected to join Arsenal in the coming days but former Arsenal defender Lauren already thinks he's signed for the club

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Has former Arsenal defender Lauren given the game away, or has he simply jumped the gun? The retired footballer congratulated Petr Cech and wished him all the best with the Gunners – even though he hasn’t signed for the club.

Cech is expected to leave Chelsea this summer, with a move to Arsenal appearing to be the most likely option in order to keep his family in London. Despite being reluctant to strengthening a rival, Chelsea are willing to sell the goalkeeper to the north London club given Cech’s 11 years of loyal service.

The transfer is yet to be completed, and it means that the possibility of another club, such as Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester United, could make a late attempt to sign the 33-year-old. But that hasn’t stopped Lauren from tweeting his congratulations to Cech, albeit prematurely.


The 38-year-old, who retired in 2010, tweeted: “#All the best to Cech. Long time without stability in that position and another great gooner move to get the Premier League.”


Lauren (far-left) with other members of the 2003-04 'Invincible' Arsenal side

It now ponders the question: Does Lauren know something we don’t, or is he simply getting ahead of himself?