LONDON – Goalkeeper Petr Cech ended his trophy-filled, 11-year stay at Chelsea by signing with Premier League rival Arsenal on Monday after losing his starting place with the English champion.
Arsenal said the 33-year-old Cech has signed a “long-term contract for an undisclosed fee,” with British media reporting the club has paid about £11 million ($17.3 million) for the Czech Republic international.
Cech’s debut for Arsenal could come against Chelsea, on Aug. 2, in the F.A. Community Shield— the traditional curtain-raiser in the English season between the league champions and F.A. Cup winners of the previous campaign.
“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,” Cech said.
Cech lost his place to Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea last season, and made just 16 appearances in all competitions. He won four Premier League titles, four F.A. Cups, three League Cups, one Champions League and one Europa League title at Chelsea after joining from French club Rennes in 2004.