Arsenal have completed the £10m signing of Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, who has signed a four-year deal with the Gunners.
The Czech international was displaced as Chelsea’s Number One last season by Thibaut Courtois and leaves Chelsea after 11 years at the club, having signed from French club Rennes in 2004.
After making the move from Chelsea to London rivals Arsenal, Petr Cech said he is looking forward to a new challenge and hopes to bring the North Londoners back to the top of English football.
“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, said the 33-year-old.
“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.”
Cech will provide competition for Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina to become the Arsenal number one but the four-time Premier League winner is expected to go straight into the first team.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is delighted after securing a top-quality goalkeeper and hopes the three-time Golden Glove winner will proved to be an inspired 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,” said the Frenchman.
“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.”
This is Arsenal’s first signing of the summer transfer window as Arsene Wenger looks to further strengthen his squad to challenge for the Premier League title next season.