Arsenal are reportedly ‘relaxed’ over Petr Cech’s contract situation as they expect the goalkeeper to extend his deal next year.

Cech’s contract with Arsenal runs out in June 2019 but, according to the Telegraph, all parties are relaxed about the situation.

Although they’re yet to open talks with him, the Gunners reportedly expect the 35-year-old to extend his current deal next year, despite his age.

Arsenal bought Cech from Chelsea for a rumoured £10m in 2015. Since then, he’s kept 41 clean sheets in 96 appearances across all competitions.

Even though he’s failed to save any of the 13 penalties he’s come up against over the last two-and-a-half years and Squawka currently only rate him as the sixth-best shot-stopper in the league, he’s still been a solid player for the Gunners.

He may not be at the top of his game anymore but he’s still very capable.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 05: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City attempts to get past Petr Cech of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on November 5, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Therefore, whether he stays at Arsenal and signs an extension or leaves, I don’t think Gooners will be bothered. We respect everything he’s done but also recognise that he’s 35.

We’re far more concerned about who will be replacing him because the idea of David Ospina, who’s contract also runs out in 2019, signing a new deal and becoming our #1 is downright terrifying. And make no mistake, if Arsenal have title pretensions in the near future, they need a new first-choice keeper.

We were never under the impression that Petr Cech was a long-term solution, even though he believes he can play until he’s 40 (and Wenger agreed he could).

In fact, a few of us thought that the former Czech Republic international would become a mentor to Wojciech Szczesny until we decided to ship the Poland international off to Roma for two seasons and then sell him to Juventus.

Where we go next is anyone’s guess.