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Cech: Wenger made up my mind over Arsenal move

Petr Cech will be staying in England. Photo: PA

New Arsenal signing Petr Cech admits it was an easy decision for him to join the club after speaking to manager Arsene Wenger.

The Czech goalkeeper has joined the North London club for a fee of around £11million from Chelsea after Roman Abramovich sanctioned the transfer.

Cech spent much of last season playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois, eventually forcing him to leave Stamford Bridge in order to find first-team football.

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
Arsene Wenger is a good orator. Credit: PA

Wenger spoke positively about his new signing who will almost certainly be his No.1.

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.

– Arsene Wenger