Petr Cech: Arsenal sign keeper from Chelsea in £10m deal

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Petr Cech is Arsenal's first signing of the summer transfer window

Arsenal have signed Petr Cech from Chelsea in a deal worth about £10m.

The Czech Republic goalkeeper has joined the Gunners on a four-year contract.

Cech only made six league appearances last season for Chelsea after losing his place to Belgian Thibaut Courtois.

In a letter to Chelsea fans, Cech said "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 and look for new challenges."

Petr Cech makes a save during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge stadium in London.AP
Petr Cech joined Chelsea in 2004 and won 13 trophies with the Blues

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: "Petr Cech is a player I have admired for a long time and I am very pleased he has decided to join us."

Cech was brought to Stamford Bridge in July 2004 and won 13 trophies with Chelsea - including one Champions League and four Premier League titles.

He played more than 400 club games in 11 seasons at Stamford Bridge, and also set a club goalkeeping record of 228 clean sheets in all competitions.