Arsenal and Liverpool linked with Man City’s Hart as Cech is tipped to be dropped

Arsenal are interested in Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart as a replacement for Petr Cech, according to the Daily Mail.

And Thursday’s edition of the Daily Star claims the 35-year-old may be dropped from the Gunners team when Hull City visit the Emirates on Saturday.

Cech was at fault for his former club Chelsea’s third goal as Arsenal lost 3-1 at Stamford Bridge last weekend, his poor kick falling to the feet of Cesc Fabregas.

The Star claims there has been concern among the Arsenal coaching staff about Cech’s form, with his kicking coming under scrutiny.

It also says boss Arsene Wenger feels he needs to make a statement following back-to-back defeats that have all but ended their hopes of winning the Premier League title.

Meanwhile, the Mail is reporting that Hart is being lined up as a long-term replacement for Cech, who has played 68 times for Arsenal since joining from Chelsea in 2015.

However, it adds they may face competition from Liverpool, whose boss Jurgen Klopp is said to be unconvinced by Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius.

Irrespective of any concerns over Cech’s form, stats published by West London Sport ahead of his return to Stamford Bridge last weekend showed he was outperforming his replacement, Thibaut Courtois, in a number of areas.