Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has praised Petr Cech for his contributions this season.

The 33-year-old experienced goalkeeper signed for the Gunners in the summer from Premier League rivals Chelsea and has gone on to become a key member for the first-team, being touted to become the club captain from next season.

Having put in a number of top class performances, Parlour, speaking to talkSPORT, claimed that Chelsea defender John Terry was ‘right’ about the Czech, who he claimed would save Arsenal between 12-15 points this season.

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Petr Cech has been such an important player for Arsenal this season.

I was absolutely delighted when the club signed him from Chelsea and that signing could be the difference for Arsenal this season.

John Terry said Cech could save you 12 points a season, and I genuinely believed he will.

Arsenal had top class goalkeepers when I was playing – David Season and Jens Lehman – and after that they had a little bit a problem with goalkeepers.

But now they’ve got a man who has been there and done it all. He’s played in big tournaments, played in big games and he’s won the Champions League.

I wouldn’t have a problem with him being captain. Ideally, I would have a centre-half as captain but at least you know Cech would play every single game.

He’s been very good not just on the pitch, but off it as well. He’s very important in the dressing room. Having that level of professional in the dressing room has been very important for Arsenal this season.

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The Gunners have their best opportunity to win the Premier League since the Invincibles triumph of 2003/04, 12 seasons ago.

If they are to do so, Cech will be made to keep performing to such a high level, with trips to the likes of Manchester United, City and Tottenham Hotspur still to contend before the end of the season in the middle of May.

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The north London side continue their defence of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon, when they take on Hull City at the Emirates Stadium, before welcoming none other than Lionel Messi and co. on Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League.

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