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Petr Cech has revealed why chose to join Arsenal from Chelsea – and added it was the toughest decision of his career.
Cech, 35, chose to swap Stamford Bridge for the Emirates in 2015 after 11 years at Chelsea.
His time with the Blues was nothing short of trophy-laden – the Czech goalkeeper won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a Champions League crown with the club.
But Cech found himself playing back-up to Thibaut Courtois after the Belgian returned from his loan with Atletico Madrid – prompting the stopper to move across London.
“It was the hardest decision I have made,” said Cech. “I felt so good and in good form that it would be a waste to sit on the bench.”
“I considered [the fans] heavily but sometimes you need to make the right decisions,” he told BBC’s Premier League Show. “I had offers from different clubs and different leagues but I wanted to stay in the Premier League.”
Cech added that he signed for Arsenal because he belived the Gunners could win the title – and he still thinks they can.
“The main decision was the challenge of bringing back the title,” he added.
“We have never won the Champions League as Arsenal Football Club. That was another part. I won everything with Chelsea, why not try do the same with Arsenal.
“That was my motivation and it still is. Every day I go to work and do my best because I believe it is achievable.”
Cech recently explained the difference between the selection policies at Chelsea and Arsenal.
The goalkeeper said he ‘enjoyed’ playing for Chelsea – and how team selection was decided on a ‘game by game’ basis.
He said: “At Chelsea we never decided which competition you play, it was a game by game process.
“If you kept playing well then you were fit and you didn’t need rest then the manager had his choice to pick the goalkeeper for the competitions.
“Sometimes I would sit a game out or be on the bench but it would not be decided, ‘You play this competition, you play this competition’.
“I enjoyed that because I love this competition for example, to be involved and play FA Cup games. Any other competition makes it a bit more spicy and special.”