Photo: Petr Cech poses in Arsenal shirt after transfer from Chelsea
Petr Cech has finally signed for Arsenal from Chelsea
Petr Cech was all smiles in an Arsenal shirt after completing his transfer to the north London club from Chelsea on Monday.
The 33-year-old shot-stopper has signed for the Gunners after weeks of heavy speculation linking him with a transfer to Emirates Stadium.
Cech made more than 400 appearances during his 11-year spell at Stamford Bridge, winning multiple club and personal honours, including the Premier League Golden Glove award on three occasions.
“I’m really excited about joining Arsenal Football Club and can’t wait to join up for pre-season,” Cech told Arsenal’s website on Monday.
“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 Arsene Wenger spoke to me about his ambitions for this club, and how he saw me as part of this team, the decision was clear.”
Arsenal boss Wenger admitted his admiration for the shot-stopper.
Wenger said: “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.”
The goalkeeper, who fell behind Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge last season, has more than 114 caps for the Czech Republic and joined Chelsea from Rennes back in 2004.
Cech has already passed his medical with the Gunners and will join up with his new team-mates shortly to begin preparations for the 2015-16 season.
Arsenal said that the transfer is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.