Cech complete Arsenal move

Cech complete Arsenal move

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Arsenal have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea for around £10m.

The 33-year-old goalkeeper, who made more than 400 appearances in 11 years for the Blues, decided to leave Stamford Bridge after losing his first team spot to Thibaut Courtois.

He won four Premier League titles, the Champions League, Europa League, four FA Cups and three League Cup trophies with Chelsea.

Although Chelsea were reluctant to let Cech join one of their rivals, the goalkeeper was assured he could choose his preferred destination after his service to the club.

Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger said Cech was one of the outstanding keepers in the world and would be a great addition to the Gunners squad.

He told the club’s website: “Petr Cech is a player that I have admired for a long time and I am very pleased that he has decided to join us.

“He has proven over many seasons that he is one of the outstanding keepers in the world and he will add great strength to our squad.”

A seven-time Czech Footballer of the Year, Cech has 114 caps for his country. He joined Chelsea from Rennes in 2004 as Jose Mourinho took charge at Stamford Bridge for the first time.

Cech told the Arsenal website that he was eager to join the club after a discussion with manager Wenger.  

He said: “I’m really excited about joining Arsenal Football Club and can’t wait to join up for pre-season. I have the same commitment to football, the same motivation and the same hunger for success as I had at the beginning of my career, and I love the challenges brought by the top quality players you face while playing in the Premier League.

“When Arsène Wenger spoke to me about his ambitions for this club, and how he saw me as part of this team, the decision was clear.”


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