Petr Cech: Why I decided to join Arsenal from Chelsea
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech explains why he decided to leave Chelsea
Petr Cech has explained why he left Chelsea for Arsenal in the summer transfer window.
The Czech Republic international penned a three-year contract with the north London side after Arsenal agreed an £11m deal with the defending Premier League champions for Cech’s signature.
I really liked the project in the way it matches my ambition and motivations
The 33-year-old has already proven an important member of Arsene Wenger’s side, keeping a clean sheet in a 3-0 victory over bitter rivals Manchester United at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon.
And Cech, whose already won his first piece of silverware with Arsenal after a 1-0 win against former club Chelsea in the Community Shield, lifted the lid on his reasoning behind moving to The Emirates.
“[Wenger] introduced me to the vision the club has for the coming years, to the reason why certain things are the way they are now and how they will be next year and the year after,” Cech is quoted as saying by Daily Mirror.
“I really liked the project in the way it matches my ambition and motivations. It’s a difficult decision to go from Chelsea to Arsenal, but I believed it was the right decision because I wanted to be part of the Premier League at a club that matches my ambitions.
“With Arsenal, that all came together. In football everything changes fast, so you need to have a clear vision and support from people at the club. Obviously the board and everyone at Arsenal believe in the manager – that’s why he’s still here.
“It’s not just for the way you are – it must be for the way you work, too. The public only see the game, they don’t see all the things that are happening behind the scenes.
“So, sometimes, judging people only on the fraction of the time you see them working can lead to different opinions.”
The Gunners shot stopper endured a forgettable debut after he made mistakes in a 2-0 loss to West Ham United at Emirates Stadium in Arsenal’s opening game.
Arsenal make the trip to London rivals Watford in their next Premier League game.