Petr Cech has finally completed his move from Chelsea to Arsenal after undergoing a medical and putting pen to paper on a long-term contract, the club confirmed (via Arsenal.com).
After seeing his previously secure first team place usurped by Thibaut Courtois, Cech’s future was always going to be called into question.
It is remarkable that the deal to bring him to North London has finally been struck, given the obvious politics surrounding a deal of this magnitude.
Very rarely in Premier League history have we seen a club strengthen a rival in this manner, such was our desperation for a world class goalkeeper.
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Not only is Cech a player who can contribute with his obvious qualities, but the leadership he’ll provide in the dressing room is invaluable.
The euphoria among fans coupled with the disbelief surrounding this deal signifies how monumental Cech’s arrival could prove to be.
A number of famous faces and Arsenal fans took to social media to welcome Cech with open arms. Here are the best reactions on Twitter from the professional football world:
— Theo Walcott (@theowalcott) June 29, 2015
Cech to Arsenal is certainly the deal of the something…summer? year? last three years?
— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) June 29, 2015
5 bargains: 1. Cech £11m (Chelsea charity) 2. Clyne £12.5m (check his stats) 3. Song £5m 4. Mings £8m (big potential) 5. Delph £8m — Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) June 29, 2015
Petr Cech to Arsenal: £10m fee on a 4yr contract at more than £100,000-a-week, taking him past his 37th birthday.
— Jeremy Wilson (@JWTelegraph) June 29, 2015
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) June 29, 2015
Cech is huge. (Feel free to take that as literally or metaphorically as you wish) — Amy Lawrence (@amylawrence71) June 29, 2015
Petr Cech to Arsenal: the deal of the summer so far.
— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) June 29, 2015
Just seen Petr Cech’s leaving words to Chelsea fans. Very classy behaviour — Mark Pougatch (@markpougatch) June 29, 2015