Arsenal have completed the signing of Petr Cech from Chelsea in a deal believed to be worth around £11 million.
The Czech international makes the move across London after a decade at Stamford Bridge where’s he’s achieved legendary status winning four league titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, four Community Shields, the Europa League and the Champions League.
Just for good measure he’s also been crowned his country’s footballer of the year on seven occasions, secured three Premier League ‘Golden Glove’ awards and been voted UEFA’s best goalkeeper in 2005, 2007 and 2008.
A player of obvious pedigree the 33-year-old arrives at the Emirates determined to secure the first team football that was denied him last season when he lost his place to Thibaut Courtois. He’ll compete with Wojciech Szczesny for the number one shirt with David Ospina looking increasingly likely to leave for Turkey after just one season.
Cech is held in such high esteem by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich that the Russian sanctioned the move to Arsenal even though Jose Mourinho expressly stated his dissatisfaction. Just for good measure he also handed over a £4 million golden goodbye bonus. They do things very differently over there…
Cech is only the fourth Chelsea player to make the move to Arsenal in the Premier League era, following in the footsteps of William Gallas, Lassana Diarra and loanee Yossi Benayoun. He’s the first to do so sporting a funny little hat.
All being well, he could make his debut against his old club in the Community Shield on 2 August.