Arsenal football club have announced the signing of Chelsea legend Petr Cech for an undisclosed fee with the goalie signing a long term contract.
The 33-year-old goalkeeper made over 400 appearances during 11 years at Stamford Bridge, winning multiple club and personal honours. He also won the Premier League Golden Glove award on three occasions.
The goalkeeper is Arsene Wenger’s first major foray in the transfer market this summer as he aims to build on his FA cup win last season.
Cech is a seven-time Czech Footballer of the Year. He made his international debut in 2002 and has 114 caps for his country – four short of record-holder; Karel Poborsky.
Arsène Wenger said of his new signing: “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 new signing 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.”
Petr Cech also tweeted the deal and also an open letter he wrote to Chelsea FC fans for 11 years of wonderful support.
What are your reactions to the transfer? A smart move by Wenger or a wrong one by Jose Mourinho?