Following lengthy talks between Chelsea and the Gunners, the north London club are now supremely confident of snaring their top transfer target on a three-year deal, worth in the region of £100,000-per-week.
There was no official confirmation from Arsenal, Chelsea or Cech’s representatives on Monday night, however Sportsmail understands Arsenal – barring an astonishing collapse in the deal – will complete the formalities of transfer before ratifying the move in the coming days.
The swoop ends Wenger’s long wait to land the Czech Republic international.
Sportsmail can reveal the Gunners first plotted an audacious attempt to land Cech in the summer of 2013 – though they were quickly informed the keeper wasn’t for sale.
There was further interest last summer, but again the Blues were unwilling to sell the goalkeeper.
But with Courtois firmly established as Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper, Arsenal have finally secured their long-term target.