Petr Cech’s switch across London has been a controversial one, and the Czech international claims he decided on the move way back in March following the Capital One Cup final, as reported by Daily Mail.
The veteran ex-Chelsea shot-stopper completed his long awaited move to Arsenal this past Monday, with the 33-year-old completing his medical and announcing his arrival at the Emirates (via the BBC).
Cech was rather harshly displaced by Thibaut Courtois this past season, despite still being a top keeper. Jose Mourinho is clearly thinking towards the future, with the young Belgian having many more years at the top still ahead of him. Cech may still feel aggrieved though, as he rarely put a foot wrong in a Chelsea shirt.
He struggled for game time in 2014/15, and spent much of the season on the bench. He was given a chance in the Capital One Cup competition, but he knew following the conclusion of the cup final that he was unlikely to see many more chances come his way.
“The moment I knew I had to leave? After the Capital One Cup final,” Cech said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“I knew there weren’t many games left for me after that. We were out of the FA Cup and Champions League, so there were only league games, and I knew that was it. I knew then this wasn’t the way I wanted to have another season.
“As tough as it was to make the decision, it became clear that it would be this way because I have the same motivation as I did 10 years ago. My commitment to training, the will to get better is the same. I don’t want to waste that sitting on the bench.”
It’s hard to say Mourinho hasn’t made the right decision, as Courtois is a top keeper and has far more longevity. Cech is still arguably in the top four or five keepers in the Premier League though, and is more than capable of leading us to glory.
He is certainly one of our best signings, and could have a huge impact on our side next season.