Cech - I’ve had unbelievable welcome

Petr Cech
Petr Cech

By Nik Brumsack in Prague

Petr Cech has expressed his gratitude for the “absolutely unbelievable” way he has been received at Arsenal.

The goalkeeper’s move from Chelsea was confirmed on Monday afternoon, with fans and new team-mates alike posting messages to welcome him to the club.

One member of the squad who Cech already knows well is Tomas Rosicky, and Arsenal’s latest signing says his compatriot helped convince him to join the club.


“Of course I spoke to Tomas,” Cech said. “When you change club, you want to have some sort of basic knowledge about how a club works and what sort of mentality club has.

“What Tomas told me was very positive and I could really see that for myself because the club reception was great, wonderful and it subscribed to what Tomas was telling me.

“The last few days were really overwhelming. The welcome messages from new team-mates and Arsenal fans was absolutely unbelievable.

“The reaction from my ex-team-mates and friends at Chelsea was equally overwhelming. I want to thank Chelsea fans for the overwhelming messages I got in the last days.

“You realise I made my print in the history of Chelsea. I realise that not only Arsenal show me their will to have me in team, but happiness of supporters and welcome messages from team-mates make me think I made the right choice.”


Petr Cech

Petr Cech


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