Arsenal shot stopper Petr Cech has revealed why he made the switch across London to join Arsenal in the summer.
The former Chelsea man became Arsene Wenger’s solitary signing of the summer when he completed an £11M move in the summer to Join Arsenal.
And now the Czech Republic international has come out to reveal why he decided to leave the Premier League Champions after 11 successful years at the club.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Cech said: “Last year I realised that the club [Chelsea] had sort of turned the page from me. I knew the manager had made his choice and that this was not for me at this point of my career.”
“If I was new to the club or I had been there two or three years, then you might think: ‘Okay, let’s fight for my place and see what the outcome will be.’ But at my age and after all I’ve done it was like a chapter closing. Sometimes you have to think about yourself, and this was the best thing for me.”
“At 33, I don’t want to just give things time, just to wait and see. So, after all I’d done at Chelsea, I felt it was the right time to move on.”
At Arsenal, with only the unconvincing duo of Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina to choose from, Wenger jumped at the chance to sign Cech and offered the veteran a four-year deal worth £100,000-a-week and guaranteed him a place in his first-team.
Despite experiencing so much success at Chelsea, Cech also wanted to know that he could challenge for major trophies at the Emirates. Having held private discussions with the Frenchman, Cech was left in no doubt that the Gunners could match his ambitions.
He continued: “He 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. 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.”