Photo: Arsenal signing Petr Cech pens open letter to Chelsea fans

Arsenal signing Petr Cech pens a classy letter to Chelsea supporters after his £11m move to The Emirates

Petr Cech has penned a classy letter to Chelsea supporters after the goalkeeper completed his much-anticipated move to Arsenal on Monday evening.

The Czech Republic international has penned a long-term contract with the north London side after having successfully completed a medical at the FA Cup winners.

I know I am not at the stage of my career where I want to be on the bench, I made my decision to move on and look for new challenges

Petr Cech

Cech won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League, the Europa League and three League Cups during a 11-year stay at Stamford Bridge.

And the 33-year-old explained his desire to move away from the Premier League champions after he fell down the pecking order following the return of Thibaut Courtois from loan.

Cech wrote in his open letter: “Last summer, things changed and I understood I was no longer the 1st choice keeper but I felt it was not the right time to go.

“During the season it became clear that my situation would not improve and as I know I am not at the stage of my career where I want to be on the bench, I made my decision to move on and look for new challenges.”

Cech added: “The limited playing time gave me the chance to refresh and rest mentally as well as make me realise jut how much I enjoying playing football at the highest level because I missed it badly ever game I was not involved.”

Cech has racked up 485 appearances in all competitions following his move to the Blues from Ligue 1 side Rennes in 2004.

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The Gunners signing will compete with Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina for the number one spot at The Emirates.

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