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Cech: The Chelsea fans will stay with me forever

Thursday, July 2, 2015 1:53:34 AM America/Los_Angeles

Petr Cech has insisted he has the "same hunger for success" after his move across London from Chelsea to Arsenal. The Gunners announced on Monday that the Czech Republic goalkeeper had agreed to join them on a "long-term contract for an undisclosed fee".
"I'm really excited about joining Arsenal Football Club and can't wait to join up for pre-season," said Cech. "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.

Cech's haul of 13 major trophies during his time with Chelsea included four Premier League titles and four FA Cups, as well as the UEFA Champions League. In the same period, Arsenal had to make do with three FA Cup triumphs, including a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa in last season's final.

"I thought this would never happen but it is time for me to say goodbye to Chelsea Football Club," he wrote. "The club I have lived every single minute for since joining July 2004, the club in which I thought I'd hang my gloves and boots one day and finish my career. But life doesn't always turn out the way you think it will.

"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 on and look for new challenges."

Cech, a key figure in the Roman Abramovich era at Chelsea, also thanked the club's billionaire Russian owner for letting him join a rival Premier League side.

"I spoke to Mr Abramovich about me staying in the Premier League, and I'd like to thank him from the bottom of my heart for his support in this matter," Cech said. "It means so much to me because without him Chelsea Football Club would not be where it is now."

Cech then saluted Chelsea's supporters: "A huge thank you to the Chelsea fans. I did everything for you and you gave me your love back. I'll never forget it. It will stay with me forever."

Neither Wojciech Szczesny or David Ospina has been completely convincing between the posts for Arsenal, with many pundits believing Wenger needed to sign a top-class goalkeeper if they were to challenge for the Premier League title.

Prior to Cech's move across London, Chelsea captain John Terry said he would improve Arsenal, third in last season's Premier League, by 12 to 15 points. Arsenal finished 12 points behind Chelsea last season.

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