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Cech Finally Signs For Arsenal In £10m Deal

Posted: Jun 29, 2015 at 6:17 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


Petr Cech has finally left Chelsea Football Club as he signed a £10-million deal with Arsenal Football Club.

The Czech Republic goalkeeper, who played more than 400 club games in 11 seasons at Stamford Bridge, has joined the Gunners on a four-year contract.

Cech, 33, made only six league appearances last season after losing his place to Belgian Thibaut Courtois.

In a letter to Chelsea fans,  Cech stated that he thought he would retire at Stamford Bridge, but added: “Life doesn’t always turn out the way you think it will.”

He wrote: “Last summer, things changed and I understood I was no longer the first-choice keeper, but I felt it was not the right time for me 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 and look for new challenges.”

Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, said: “Petr Cech is a player I have admired for a long time and I am very pleased he has decided to join us.”

Cech, brought to Stamford Bridge from French club, Rennes, in July 2004, won 13 trophies with Chelsea – including one Champions League and four Premier League titles.

He also set a club goalkeeping record of 228 clean sheets in all competitions, beating the previous highest total of 208, set by former England international, Peter Bonetti, between 1960 and 1979.

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey responded to Cech’s arrival by posting on Twitter:  “Wow, what a signing. One of the best Premier League keepers ever.”